High Profile Trials in Comanche County Move Forward

The Comanche County Courthouse in Lawton was very busy on Tuesday as several high profile cases moved forward.

A jury found a Lawton man guilty of first degree manslaughter for the shooting death of another man last year.

After an hour and half of deliberation, a jury found Philip Tucker guilty of shooting and killing John Carder in April 2012 and recommended a ten year sentence to the judge.

Tucker was facing anywhere from four years to life in prison.

Michael Corrales, Tucker's defense attorney, says the guilty verdict was a little surprising.

"We kind of felt like the evidence showed that it was self defense and the jury instructions were in his favor; that they had to view it from the viewpoint of the defendant," Corrales says.

However, Comanche County Assistant District Attorney Mark Stoneman says justice has been served.

"The state is pleased with the verdict and with the sentence," Stoneman exclaims. "This is a tragedy all around for both families and our thoughts and prayers and compassion goes out to both families involved."

A sentencing date for Tucker has been set for July 25.

Also, jury selection will go into its third day on Wednesday in the murder trial of Mica Martinez. 

Martinez is charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with the deaths of a Cache, Oklahoma couple.

On Oct. 12, 2009, 55-year-old Martha Miller called 911 to report shots being fired outside her home off Highway 115, south of Cache.

The DA's office says when Miller's 64-year-old husband, Carl, went outside to check, Martinez attacked him with the butt of his rifle and then went inside and sexually assaulted and beat Martha.

Martha and Carl both died in the hospital. 

Martinez faces the death penalty if convicted.

Attorneys hope to have a jury seated by Friday.

Lastly, opening arguments will start on Wednesday morning in the first degree murder trial of Warren McGuffey. 

McGuffey is charged with killing his girlfriend's mom, 54-year-old Darlene Binns after shooting her in the face in Jan. 2012.

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