Jury convicts man in shooting death of Oklahoma deputy
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — A 47-year-old man accused of fatally shooting an Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder.
Following six days of testimony, jurors returned the verdict against Nathan LeForce, who was charged in the April 2017 shooting death of 40-year-old Logan County Deputy David Wade.
The jury will reconvene Wednesday for the penalty phase of his trial, when they will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, alleging that the shooting was “especially heinous, atrocious and cruel” and that LeForce would continue to be a threat to society.
Evidence presented at the trial included body camera video of Wade being shot while serving an eviction notice at a home near Mulhall, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City.
Prosecutors have said the video captured LeForce approaching Wade with a raised handgun and firing at the deputy. Wade was shot four times, including in the face, but returned fire and was able to call for backup.
Authorities said LeForce then took Wade’s patrol vehicle and drove at a high speed to a convenience store, where he stole another car at gunpoint. That car was found abandoned near Guthrie, where LeForce was later found hiding in an outbuilding and surrendered to police.