Crime & Courts

Conover man found not guilty of trying to kill girlfriend

Mee See
Mee See Catawba County District Attorney’s Office

A Catawba County man was found not guilty of attempted first-degree murder Thursday in the December 2013 shooting of his girlfriend.

Mee See, 28, of Conover, also was found not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, District Attorney David Learner said.

See had been accused of attempting to kill his girlfriend, Crystal Lor, 19, in his home.

An investigation by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office revealed that See and Lor had argued earlier, and Lor left the home before returning. See then shot her in the head with a .38-caliber handgun, prosecutors said.

But Crystal Newton, a friend of Lor who witnessed the incident, testified that the shooting was an accident, Learner said in announcing the verdicts.

See and Newton drove Lor to the Walmart in Conover after the shooting and called 911. Lor was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Lor had initially been listed in critical condition, according to media reports at the time. She is now permanently disabled, prosecutors said.

The jury deliberated for just an hour before rendering its verdict after the three-day trial, Learner said.

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