TACOMA, Wash. — Martin Jones of Seaview, Wash., must await his fate

through the holiday weekend before a jury decides whether he is guilty

of shooting a Washington State Patrol trooper in Long Beach last year.

The jury met Friday but failed to returned a verdict in Pierce County

Court after a seven-week trial. The court will reconvene Tuesday.

Monday is the Presidents Day holiday and all courts are closed.

Jones had denied a charge of attempted murder in the shooting of

Trooper Scott Johnson in February 2010.

Johnson has since been elected Pacific County Sheriff. He has also

filed a suit for civil damages against Jones.

Jones, a 46-year-old heavy machinery operator, has denied any

involvement. His attorney has cast doubts on any identification

evidence.

Prosecutors said Jones shot Johnson in the back of the head with a .22

pistol and ran away. Another trooper had earlier stopped Jones’ wife,

Susan, for investigation of driving under the influence of intoxicants

and taken her to the Long Beach Police Station. Johnson was working

with tow truck driver George Hill to secure her minivan when he was

shot.

The gun was never found. Prosecutors said they believed Jones threw it

in the ocean.

Reporting courtesy of The Daily World of Aberdeen, Wash.

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