The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is going to file an appeal to the Supreme Court over an appeals court decision to grant Martin A. Jones a new trial. The state has 30 days to file its petition and there’s no guarantee the case will be heard. If not, the appeals court decision would stand and Jones would get his new trial. If a new trial were granted, everything would start from square one.
Jones has been convicted of shooting Sheriff Scott Johnson in February 2010 (Johnson was a trooper at the time.). Jones was sentenced to 50 years in the state prison in 2011. Jones was given a new trial June 5 because of an error when the appeals court judge ruled that Pierce County Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan erred when she dismissed alternate jurors during a recess instead of in open court.
Johnson was shot twice in the head Feb.13, 2010 while taking inventory of a vehicle that was about to be towed. Johnson was shot along Highway 103in Long Beach after Jones walked up to Johnson, said something to Johnson and the tow truck driver, then pulled out a small caliber handgun and shot Johnson twice at point blank range, including once in the back of the head. Johnson was preparing a vehicle for towing after another trooper had completed a DUI arrest. It was Jones’ wife (Susan) that was arrested for a DUI.
Jones is currently at the State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. If there is a new trial it is still unknown whether it would be in Pacific County or Pierce County. The attempted murder trial was held in Pierce County after being moved from Pacific County.