After 6 hours of deliberation Thursday, a Comanche County jury found a man not guilty of killing his romantic rival.
Larry Keith Standridge II, 42, was on trial in Comanche County District Judge Grant Sheperd’s court for a count of second-degree murder stemming from the Nov. 23, 2020, shooting death of James David Cloud, 31, of Chattanooga.
According to Cloud’s autopsy report by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office, he was killed from a single gunshot wound to the left side of the neck. The bullet passed downward through his neck and out his right shoulder. Gunpowder stippling to the skin offered evidence the shot came from close contact.
At the time of the killing, Standridge was out of jail on a $30,000 bond for about a week. He was convicted in October 2022 of kidnapping, restraining, terrorizing and sexually abusing his former fiancée Mariah Sotelo over the three-day period of Nov. 10-12, 2020.
Standridge was tried and convicted by a jury in October 2022 of kidnapping and raping Sotelo over three days in November.
Standridge returns to prison to serve his life sentence for his October 2022 conviction.