After one mistrial and multiple delays, a Lawton man facing murder charges related to the 2009 shooting death of his alleged robbery partner is slated to be tried Monday for the third time in Comanche County District Court.
Jeffery A. Karr, 27, was charged with one count of first-degree murder after 34-year-old Michael Wermy was shot and killed during a home invasion Sept. 25, 2009. Karr's June 2010 trial ended in a mistrial after jurors deliberated for nearly eight hours and could not reach a unanimous decision.
According to court and police records, Karr, Wermy and a third suspect, all masked and armed, are believed to have stormed into a northwest Lawton house around 1 a.m. the night of the murder with the intent to rob the men inside. Police and the State allege that Karr was beating one of the victims in the head with a pistol when the gun went off, shooting Wermy in the left cheek. Wermy died in the hallway of the house.
Police said in previous interviews that even if the official triggerman is not known, Karr can legally be culpable for Wermy's death since he was killed during the commission of a felony robbery. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder Oct. 1, 2009.