Jury convicts Nicole Lacey for killing her boyfriend

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 1:54 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - A Jefferson County Court jury has found Nicole Lacey guilty of killing her boyfriend by running him over with a car at their Antwerp home.

Lacey was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. She was found not guilty of first-degree reckless endangerment.

The jury deliberated for 4 hours and determined she intentionally ran over her boyfriend, 28-year-old Jared Cook, in 2018.

“Our evidence, in this case, was very strong that the defendant did act with intent and did run the victim over with her vehicle, so we are very, very pleased that we think the jury got this verdict right,” said Jefferson County District Attorney Krystina Mills.

Lacey’s attorney, Gary Miles, says some of the prosecution’s evidence was just too much to overcome. He said the verdict will be appealed.

“They didn’t pay attention enough to the way she acted as an innocent person and I laid out 2 dozen reasons why they could have and they just weren’t buying it. I think the cell phone and some of the physical evidence in the undercarriage is what doomed our case,” said Miles.

Cook’s family says they are relieved to get justice.

“We were confident in the evidence that was provided, so I don’t think that there was a doubt that she was going to be found guilty, you were just anxious to hear the results,” said Jena Cook, Jared’s sister. “We’ll never get him back but at least we can mourn his death and we can move on with our lives, we can actually lay him to rest and have closure.”

Lacey faces 5 to 25 years in prison when she’s sentenced on July 27.

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