Jury finds Samuel Ward guilty of attempted murder, assault

A jury found Samuel Ward guilty of attempted murder and attempted assault.
A jury found Samuel Ward guilty of attempted murder and attempted assault.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A unanimous verdict was handed down against a man who tried to kill a Huntsville Police officer following a fight in a vehicle.

A twelve-person jury came down with the decision after deliberating Tuesday afternoon and all morning Wednesday. Samuel Ward was found guilty of attempted murder of a police officer and could face up to life imprisonment.

Ward had nothing to say to the media as he was escorted out of the Madison County courtroom. In December 2011, two HPD officers were following up on a shots fired call when they approached his vehicle in a parking lot.

Both officers testified they smelled marijuana and tried to get Ward to exit the vehicle. As they placed him under arrest, they say he pulled out a gun and tried to shoot them. The jury had access to video of the incident as they deliberated.

Ward was found not guilty of a second count of attempted murder, but instead decided on a lesser charge of attempted assault. "Attempted murder is, in my opinion, the hardest thing we have to prove in any criminal case," explained Bob Becher of the Madison County District Attorney's Office.

Ward's sentencing date has not yet been set.

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