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Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday versus Martin Jones of

Seaview, who is accused of trying to murder then-State Trooper

Scott Johnson in Long Beach last February. The defense began its

case Wednesday, Feb. 9.

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the state put on several witnesses including Dr. Richard Harruff,

the King County medical examiner, who testified that he believes

the metal fragment inside of Sheriff Johnson's head is a bullet,

not an air pellet as claimed by the defense,” according to

Assistant Attorney General Melanie Tratnik. Johnson was elected

Pacific County sheriff last November and took office at the start

of the year.

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Jody Metz also testified Tuesday. She was Trooper Johnson's

supervisor at the time he was shot.  

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“She

visited him at the hospital shortly after the shooting and he told

her he got a good look at the shooter and would be able to identify

him if he saw him again,” Tratnik  said.

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prosecution team from the Washington State Attorney General's

office then told Judge Vicky Hogan that it was done at the end of

the day.

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always hard to predict but it looks like closing arguments will

likely be sometime next week but it's possible it could be the week

after that depending on witness-scheduling issues,” Tratnik 

said.

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