A Shawnee County Jury needed less than an hour to find Steven Macomber guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in the June 7, 2010, shooting of Ryan K. Lofton. The prosecution had sought a charge of 1st Degree Murder.
Macomber, who represented himself, took the stand and testified the gun accidently discharged killing Lofton. After placing the condition of the weapon in question Shawnee County District Judge David Debenham allowed Assistant District Attorney Jacqie Spradling to ask Macomber what happened in Marshall County later the same day. Macomber testified he was pulled over by Marshall County Deputy Fernando Salcedo. Macomber said he exited the car with the revolver and pointed it at Salcedo’s head. Macomber said he told Salcedo to hand over his gun and then shot the Deputy.
After District Attorney Spradling finished questioning Macomber, he testified on his own behalf that there was a difference in the two shootings. Macomber admitted he intended to shoot Deputy Salcedo and said he could have shot the deputy in the head if he wanted. Macomber went on to say that he did not intend to shoot Lofton.