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Susan Marie King

Trial verdict: manslaughter

A woman who shot her husband at her home outside Central Point has been acquitted on a murder charge, but found guilty of manslaughter.

Susan M. King, 56, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter Friday afternoon in the drunken shooting death of 58-year-old Duane Levon King, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records. The verdict followed a four-day trial and several hours of deliberation Friday.

Under Oregon’s Measure 11 law, first-degree manslaughter carries a mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office had sought a murder charge in the shooting that occurred in the 2800 block of Oakridge Avenue just before 8:30 p.m. the night of Aug. 17, 2017.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies reportedly found Duane King bleeding profusely in the doorway of a fifth-wheel trailer on Susan King’s property. She reportedly attempted to drive away. Sheriff’s deputies found her intoxicated in the vehicle, according to earlier news reports, with blood alcohol readings more than double Oregon’s legal driving limit.

A felony charge of attempting to elude police in a vehicle and a misdemeanor impaired-driving charge were dismissed earlier this week, court records show.

Eleven of the 12 jurors voted to acquit King on the single count of murder, according to filings made late Friday afternoon in the case, while 10 of the 12 jurors voted in favor of first-degree manslaughter charge.

Oregon law requires at least 10 jurors agree on a guilty verdict for all felony crimes aside from murder, which requires a unanimous verdict.

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