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
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
The gun was never found. Prosecutors said they believed Jones threw it
in the ocean.
Reporting courtesy of The Daily World of Aberdeen, Wash.