Seaview man found guilty of shooting Trooper Scott Johnson

Martin Jones, 46, of Seaview, Wash., is taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after a jury found him guilty of attempting to murder former State Patrol Trooper Scott Johnson along a Pacific County highway last year.

TACOMA, Wash. - After three days of deliberation, a jury found Martin Jones guilty of attempting to murder a State Patrol trooper along a Pacific County highway last year.

Jones, 46, of Seaview, faced one count of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and wounding Trooper Scott Johnson in the back of the head on Feb. 13, 2010, in Long Beach.

Attorneys finished arguments last Thursday before sending the 12-person jury into deliberations. The jury asked to review video evidence earlier this week and announced a verdict in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Jones, a heavy machinery operator, has repeatedly denied any involvement in the shooting. He testified earlier this month that he was at home throughout the incident.

Attorneys have said Jones faces up to life in prison. He will be sentenced later.

Johnson was shot while impounding a van belonging to Jones' wife along Highway 103 shortly after 12:30 a.m. Johnson testified in the trial and positively identified Jones as the man who snuck up behind him and shot him in the back of the head with a .22 caliber pistol.

The 25-year veteran trooper has recovered from his injuries and since won election as sheriff of Pacific County.

The trial, which lasted seven weeks, was moved to Pierce County over concerns local publicity of the shooting and Johnson's campaign would bias a jury.



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