Man accused in double-fatal shooting in Williston acquitted

February 9, 2018

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A man accused in a shooting in Williston nearly two years ago that left two men dead has been found not guilty.

Thirty-three-year-old Lamar Putney faced two felony murder charges in the May 2016 slayings of 24-year-old Diandre Lott and 23-year-old Donzell Washington at an apartment complex.

The victims who had come to the oil patch from Ohio died of multiple gunshot wounds. Putney claimed self-defense.

A jury on Thursday found Putney not guilty after a nearly two-week trial. He could have faced life in prison without parole had he been convicted.

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