Jury finds Jesse Lloyd not guilty of homicide

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Jesse Lloyd was charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of Kenneth Patterson.

The Chippewa County jury found Lloyd not guilty of first degree intentional homicide, but the jury did find Lloyd guilty of two other charges: armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The case went to the jury earlier Tuesday afternoon. The main arguments centered around who the actual shooter was who killed Patterson and if there was a set plan to rob him. Lloyd's attorney claimed it was Matthew Labrec who actually shot and killed Patterson, while the state argued otherwise.

“I respect the verdict from the jury and I understand their thought process and I just appreciate they found him guilty of the serious charge of armed robbery. I believe he will be held accountable of his actions on that evening” said Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell.

The district attorney does say he hopes Lloyd receives at least the sentence Matthew Labrec received when he was sentenced to prison for armed robbery that was 20 years. Lloyd will be back in court in about 12 weeks for a pre-sentencing hearing.


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Chippewa County jury finds Jesse Lloyd not guilty of first degree intentional homicide.

The jury did find Lloyd guilty of two other charges: armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.



CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- The jury has reached a verdict in the homicide trial for Jesse Lloyd.

Stay with WEAU for more information as the verdict is read.



CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Chippewa County jury is now deliberating in the trial of man charged with first degree homicide.

Jesse Lloyd, 22, is facing charges in the 2016 shooting death of Kenneth Patterson, including conspiracy to commit armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm.

Closing arguments wrapped up only 30 minutes ago. The main arguments center around who the actual shooter was that killed Patterson, and if there was a set plan to rob him.
In court, the state argued that Lloyd had possession of .380 gun and brought that gun to use if necessary when he and another man, Matthew Labrec, went to meet up with Patterson for a drug deal.

The district attorney says the meeting was to rob Patterson after he ripped off Labrec during a previous drug deal. The deal went wrong and the state says Labrec fired a shot on the .22 shotgun he brought before it fell apart. That's when Lloyd pursued him and shot his gun three times. However, Lloyd’s attorney says it was only Labrec who shot Patterson after Lloyd gave him his gun in exchange for meth before Patterson was shot.

Lloyd’s attorney says Lloyd had no knowledge of a plan to rob or hurt Patterson and was used as a scapegoat after-the-fact since he has mental illness, isn’t as smart and is an addict.

The jury is now in deliberations. Before closing arguments, the judge did say if they’re unable to reach a verdict before 8 p.m., they’ll begin again on Wednesday.