Carpenter found guilty of voluntary manslaughter

MARQUETTE – The jury in the open murder trial of Jacques Earl Carpenter reached a verdict Wednesday afternoon – finding Carpenter guilty of voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

On June 8, 2012, Carpenter, 53, shot and killed 28-year-old David Scott Meyer Jr. at the 409 N. Second St. residence in Ishpeming where both men were staying. Carpenter’s lawyers claimed he shot Meyer in self-defense, after Meyer attacked him with a large hunting knife. Prosecutors argued that there was no evidence supporting the self-defense claim. The knife recovered at the scene of the shooting, while never tested for contact DNA, was examined for blood and tested for fingerprints, and none of either was found.

The jury began its deliberations at approximately 12:40 p.m. Tuesday and recessed for the day at 6 p.m. They reconvened at 9 a.m. this morning and delivered the verdict around 1 p.m.

Manslaughter is a felony punishable by not more than 15 years imprisonment or by a fine of not more than $7,500, or both, at the discretion of the court. Carrying or possessing a firearm when committing or attempting to commit a felony is itself a felony punishable by two years imprisonment for a first offense.

Carpenter will be sentenced Friday Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. at Marquette County Circuit Court.

For more on the story, see Thursday’s print edition of The Mining Journal.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401. His email address is