Pontotoc County jury finds man not guilty of murdering wife

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PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - It was a quick but emotional trial for Frinchey Rolen whose family and friends held back tears moments after hearing the verdict.

Rolen embraced family members after a Pontotoc County jury found him not guilty for the murder of his late wife, Lorrie.

Rolen was charged with first degree murder last year in her 2015 death.

According to an affidavit, Rolen told police his wife had fallen off the bed and hit her head.

"The big issue for us is that we didn't feel it was a reasonable explanation that those injuries came from a fall," Assistant District Attorney Tara Portillo said.

The state medical examiner said the cause of death was pulmonary disease, with blunt force trauma but the manner of her death was unknown.

"The only thing we debated essentially was the manner of her death," Portillo said.

But, last year Lorrie's death was ruled a homicide, and Rolen was arrested.

The trial lasted just two and half days, and the jury took about two and half hours to deliberate.

"While we weren't happy with the results, we respect the process and their decision," Portillo said.