Oklahoma woman convicted of second-degree manslaughter in Stillwater man’s death

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STILLWATER, Okla. – A Payne County jury took less than five hours to convict an Oklahoma woman of manslaughter.

In December of 2014, authorities rushed to a Stillwater home after learning about a shooting.

When they arrived, they found that 21-year-old Alexander Vierling was dead after being shot in the head.

Witnesses told investigators that the shooting was an accident.

According to a report, Tristen Taylor admitted to officers that she shot Vierling. However, she said she thought the gun he had was a toy.

Court documents allege that Vierling told Taylor, “You won’t shoot me with it.”

At that point, prosecutors allege Taylor pointed the gun at Vierling and fired one shot.

According to the Stillwater News Press, a jury convicted Taylor of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday afternoon.

Her official sentencing is set for Nov. 16.


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