Jacob Mcguire The Norman Transcript, Okla.

NORMAN, Okla. — A Cleveland County jury convicted 29-year-old D’Angelo Ladon Burgess Monday afternoon for the first-degree murder of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Donald Heath Meyer.

It took the 12-person jury, made up of four men and eight women, about two-and-a-half hours to return guilty verdicts on the charges of murder and endangering others while eluding law enforcement, and not guilty on possessing marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

“I’m glad this is over for the family. They’ll never get Heath back, but hopefully this will provide some closure,” Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said. “The jury was very attentive throughout the whole process. They weighed all of the evidence and came to the right decision under the law of the state of Oklahoma.”

The jury recommended life in prison with the possibility of parole for the murder charge and five years for eluding.

Burgess’ formal sentencing date has not been set yet.


©2019 The Norman Transcript (Norman, Okla.)

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