A jury returned verdicts Tuesday night in the trial of a Conrath man charged in the slaying of a Rusk County Sheriff’s deputy, finding him guilty of the major charge of first degree intentional homicide.
Doug Nitek, 46, was charged with 31 counts including first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze, Jr., 33, on Oct. 29, 2016.
After numerous counts were dismissed during the trial, Nitek ended up facing only 17 counts. He was found guilty of six counts and not guilty of 11 others.
In addition to the guilty verdict on the count of first degree intentional homicide, Nitek was also found guilty on counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of criminal damage to property while armed with a dangerous weapon.
He was found not guilty of two counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide while armed with a dangerous weapon and nine counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety while armed with a dangerous weapon.
The jury was provided with instructions before beginning its deliberations at 1:39 p.m. Verdicts were announced after jurors spent about six hours behind closed doors, at about 8 p.m.
The trial began with jury selection on Monday, Sept. 17, followed by five days of testimony from almost 100 witnesses, many law enforcement fficers who responded or investigated the crime.
According to a 19-page criminal complaint Glaze was on routine patrol shortly before 11 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 when he observed a suspicious vehicle in a farm field driveway along Broken Arrow Road. Glaze called the incident in to Rusk County dispatch using his police radio. A short time later, he asked for backup to come.