Jury finds Jesse Lloyd not guilty in murder case

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Chippewa County (WQOW) – 
A Chippewa Falls man accused in a 2016 murder was found not guilty on Tuesday.

After hours of deliberation, the jury ruled Jesse Lloyd was not guilty of first degree intentional homicide. He was one of two men accused in the death of Kenneth Patterson. His body was found on a front lawn near Lake Hallie.

In his closing arguments, Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell alleged Lloyd had every intent to kill Patterson on March 13, 2016.

“When that person starts running and you fire not once, not twice, bu three more times — in fact, they were going to fire a fourth time but it jammed and he had to un-jam the gun. One time is an accident, four times is intent,” Newell said.

Lloyd’s attorney argued that the other man accused in the crime, Matthew LaBrec, was the one who pulled the trigger.

“Mr. LaBrec said ‘I attempted to make it look like it’s not me’. That might be the one and only truthful thing that he said. Matthew LaBrec admitted to you that he intends to deceive people,” attorney Aaron Nelson told the jurors.

In the end, the jury decided there was not enough evidence to convict Lloyd of the crime. However, he was found guilty of armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced on those charges at a later date.

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) –
The fate of a Chippewa Falls man is now in the hands of the jury.

Prosecution wrapped up its closing arguments Tuesday in the case of Jesse Lloyd.

Related Story: Lloyd trial begins

Lloyd is one of two men charged in the death of Kenneth Patterson. His body was found shot on a front lawn near Lake Wissota.

The other man accused of the crime, Matthew Labrec, testified last week saying Lloyd is the one who shot Patterson. He said he doesn’t believe Lloyd tried to kill Patterson, saying it was an accident.

Related Story: Labrec testifies against Lloyd

Labrec was given a 20-year sentence last year.

News 18 will bring you the verdict once it is reached.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the 10:00 PM Evening Anchor/Producer.

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