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.