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June 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

New trial ordered in 2010 shooting of trooper in Pacific County

The Associated Press

TACOMA — A state appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man who was convicted of shooting a Washington State Patrol trooper at Long Beach in February 2010.

In the decision Tuesday, the court said the Pierce County trial judge erred by selecting alternate jurors during a court recess instead of open court.

The Daily News reports Martin Arthur Jones of Seaview was convicted by a Pacific County jury of attempted murder in 2011 for wounding Trooper Scott Johnson in the head. Johnson was in the process of impounding a car driven by Jones’ wife who was suspected of drunken driving.

Jones was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Johnson recovered and was elected Pacific County sheriff.

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