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A Stephens County jury this week handed down a “not guilty” verdict in a Duncan case dating back to 2019 in which a woman was allegedly shot in the face.

Robert Steven Connolly, 34, of Duncan, was found not guilty of assault and battery with a deadly weapon after a former felony conviction by the jury this week following the accusations from 2019, however, he was found guilty of misdemeanor obstructing an officer and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The misdemeanor crimes, according to court records, come with a $500 fine each.

During the trial, which took place Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20, Assistant District Attorney Bobby Lewis represented the State of Oklahoma and attorney David Kanehl represented Connolly.

According to testimony from the trial — which saw witnesses such as the victim, Duncan police and others testify during the two days — the victim who sustained the gunshot wound, when taken to DRH by Connolly, allegedly told officers at the time it was an accident. The victim testified upon her transfer to OU Medical Center and speaking with law enforcement at that time, that the shooting was allegedly intentional and they were scared to say so after it originally happened.

Testimony also showed Connolly, after the gun went off, helped the victim by putting pressure on their face, getting a towel and taking them to the local hospital for medical attention.


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