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STILLWATER -- A Payne County jury convicted a Stillwater

woman Thursday of conspiracy to commit murder in connection

with the 1999 killing of her husband.

But Jennifer Jo Paeyeneers, 25, was acquitted of

first-degree murder in the shooting death of Floyd Thomas

"Tommy" Paeyeneers, who was shot four times after answering a

door knock on Nov. 29, 1999.

In a second trial stage Monday, the jury of eight women

and four men will determine what punishment to recommend to

District Judge Donald Worthington. Conspiracy to commit

murder carries a maximum 10-year prison term.

The jury's verdict came at 2 p.m. Thursday, after five

full days of reviewing almost two weeks of testimony and

evidence by the state and defense.

The judge gave jurors on Wednesday an added instruction

that encouraged them to reach a verdict and not deadlock

because of the time and effort devoted to the trial.

Paeyeneers denied any involvement in the death, but she

told the jury in her defense that she had a later sexual

relationship with the man who was to admit to killing her

husband.

She had told police initially that the night of the

slaying her husband had refused a beggar's earlier request

for a handout and that she had thought that person might

have killed him.

Her co-defendant, Philip E. Meadows, testified against

her. Meadows, 19, claimed that he and Paeyeneers had

started an affair months before the slaying and that they

had discussed ways to kill her husband.

Meadows said he had an agreement with prosecutors that

they would recommend a life sentence with a chance for

parole if he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and

testified against Paeyeneers. He has not entered a plea.

Meadows told jurors that Paeyeneers could not divorce

her husband -- whom she married in September 1996 -- because

her family objected. They discussed drugging her husband or

hiring a hit man to kill him, Meadows said.

But Paeyeneers denied all of Meadows' claims. She said

Meadows was only a friend who would come by her hair salon

at times. Their relationship didn't involve sex until Feb.

14, 2000, about 10 weeks after her husband's death, she

said.

The two were arrested Feb. 17. Paeyeneers said the two

exchanged letters in jail but that she didn't know who

killed her husband until learning that Meadows had

confessed on March 21.

Ralph Marler, World staff writer, can be reached at

581-8480 or via e-mail at ralph.marler@tulsaworld.com.

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