Beckham County Man Accused of 2008 Murder Found Not Guilty
August 6, 2014
Gordon Splinter has spent the last year and a half in jail awaiting trial. He was accused of shooting and killing a man in 2008. After jury deliberation, Splinter was acquitted of these charges and released from the courthouse a free man.
Splinter was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia years ago, which made him the most likely suspect, according to his defense team. Tony Coleman is Splinter’s attorney and represented him at trial. “It was always our position that Gordon Splinter was exploited because of his mental conditions,” said Coleman. “He was a person that was convenient, he was a local everyone knew, he had mental issues and it was so easy for everyone to accept that the ‘crazy person’ did it.”
According to Coleman, “The state relied heavily upon the statement of convicted felon Timothy North, who is serving a 25 year sentence for robbery.” Splinter’s defense team was able to convince jurors that the witness, North, was shopping for a deal while in jail facing robbery charges. Coleman added, “They had other leads they could have and should have followed, none of them were thoroughly investigated.”
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