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UPDATE: Wegman Found Guilty of Attempted Murder of Trooper

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UPDATE (7/13/17 at 4 p.m.):

After more than two hours of deliberation on Thursday, a jury in Randolph County has convicted Nathaniel Wegman of attempted murder, malicious assault, and fleeing in an incident last year involving a state trooper.

In March 2016, Wegman tried to drown a trooper, who was trying to take him into custody for questioning.

Prosecutors say during a fight with Wegman in a creek; the trooper had to fight off Wegman with a knife because Wegman was holding his head below the water.

Police had wanted to question Wegman about a robbery in Randolph County.  More testimony and closing statements started the day before the jury started deliberating Thursday afternoon.

Wegman chose not to testify in his defense and moved for an acquittal saying there was nothing to show premeditation on his part.  However, the jury convicted Wegman on all the charges against him.

Sentencing for Wegman is set for October 4 at 9 a.m.


ORIGINAL:

A trial began Wednesday in Randolph County for a man accused of trying to drown a state trooper in March 2016.

Nathaniel Wegman is charged with attempted murder, malicious assault, and fleeing.

Prosecutors say Wegman assaulted Trooper First Class J.J. Cornelius who was investigating Wegman's involvement in a robbery.

Cornelius testified an informant told him of Wegman's location, and, when he tried to detain him for questioning, Wegman ran out the door. Cornelius says during a chase, he didn't draw his gun, and he caught up to Wegman before he was pulled into the river and under the water.

Cornelius says he hit his head, and Wegman had his arm around his neck. At that time, Cornelius says he grabbed his knife and stabbed Wegman. Cornelius testified that Wegman then ran away.

The defense says Cornelius approached the home Wegman was in without a warrant and was by himself.

The trial will continue Thursday with a medical expert testifying on injuries to Cornelius and Wegman.

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