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Man convicted of trying to kill trooper could get new trial

Man convicted of trying to kill trooper could get new trial
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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state attorney general's office is asking the state appeals court to reconsider its decision that a man convicted of shooting and wounding a Washington state trooper at Long Beach in 2010 should get a new trial.

In early June, the court overturned Martin Arthur Jones' attempted murder conviction, saying the trial judge erred by selecting alternate jurors during a court recess instead of in open court.

Jones was found guilty of shooting trooper Scott Johnson in the back of the head in Long Beach three years ago

While the appeals judges didn't find evidence that the guilty verdict was affected, they said state law gave them no choice but to throw out the conviction.

The Daily News of Longview reports that the attorney general's office this week asked the appeals court to take another look at its ruling. The state handled prosecution in the case.

Jones was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He remains at the state penitentiary.

Trooper Scott Johnson recovered and was elected Pacific County sheriff.

A new trial would also mean that Johnson would have to relive a personal nightmare. He released a statement after the judge ordered a new trial, saying he finds the situation "personally frustrating," but upholding the law is his career and moral calling.
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