TACOMA Prosecutors rested their case last 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, and Jones was expected to testify this Tuesday.
Today 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 Johnsons head is a bullet, not an air pellet as claimed by the defense, Assistant Attorney General Melanie Tratnik said last Tuesday.
Sgt. Jody Metz also testified for the prosecution last Tuesday. She was Trooper Johnsons supervisor at the time he was shot.
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.
The prosecution team from the Washington State Attorney Generals office then rested at the end of the day.
Its always hard to predict, but it looks like closing arguments will likely be sometime next week. But its possible it could be the week after that depending on witness-scheduling issues, Tratnik said.