Watertown man found NOT GUILTY of felony theft

November 18, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A Codington County jury has found a Watertown man NOT GUILTY of Felony Grand Theft.

Thirty six year-old Michael Alan Lawrence was indicted by a Grand Jury in July for allegedly taking property from a Watertown home in 2018.

The indictment indicated the property was valued at more than $5,000, but at less than $100,000.

Jury selection began Wednesday morning and the trial concluded this (Friday) afternoon, with Lawrence being acquitted on each of two counts.

Circuit Judge Robert Spears presided over the case after Judge Carmen Means stepped down due to a conflict of interest.