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Marion woman found not guilty of murdering boyfriend

Donna Long

A jury found Donna Long not guilty of murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend Lacey Johnson, 59, in Marion County in October 2012, according to courtroom officials.

Jurors deliberated for less than three hours before reaching the verdict after the three day trial.

Deputies said earlier that Long called 911 and said she had stabbed her boyfriend.

She was intoxicated and told deputies she had never done anything like this before, according to the incident report.

Long's attorney, Morgan Martin of Conway, said even though Long made the call to 911 and said she did it, she really did not. Martin said she was intoxicated and not thinking clearly.

He added that a murder weapon was never found and there was no blood on Long.

Martin believes all of that helped to convince the jury that Long was not guilty.

Long faced more than 20 years in prison if she were convicted.

We have also reached out to Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements for a comment on the jury's verdict.

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