Jonesboro Woman Acquitted of Man's 1999 Death

HARRISBURG, AR - A Jonesboro woman has been found not guilty of first-degree murder in the death eight years ago of a Harrisburg man.

Shannon Lamberth Petty, 37, was acquitted by a Poinsett County jury in a trial that began a week ago.  Randall Rogers was found dead in a trailer off Arkansas 158 in June 1999.

The jury heard testimony from a doctor who testified that she believed Rogers died from a cardiac arrhythmia brought on by chronic use of crystal methamphetamine.

Previous testimony was that Rogers' death was the result of injuries to the neck, thyroid and carotid artery.  The medical examiner at the time of Rogers' death had ruled that the cause of death was suffocation.

The doctor testified that the likelihood that Petty killed Rogers was less than one percent because of her small size and lack of training in knowing where to cut off the blood flow.

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