Jury: Man Guilty Of Assault Against Huntsville Police Officer

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Samuel Ward, in the Madison County Courthouse during his trial in November 2012. (Photo: Carson Clark, WHNT News 19)

Samuel Ward, in the Madison County courthouse on Tuesday (Photo: Carson Clark, WHNT News 19)



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuesday, a Madison County jury found Samuel Ward guilty of second-degree assault against a Huntsville police officer.

Prosecutors say Ward attacked Officer Kevin Lambert in April of 2010 after Lambert suspected Ward and his brother of being involved in a drug transaction.

Ward’s attorney, Bruce Gardner, argued Ward had done nothing wrong and his actions against the officer were about individual rights.

Ward will be sentenced in the next 40 days for this conviction and could face up to life in prison.

Ward also faces other charges, including two counts of attempted murder for allegedly firing at two Huntsville Police officers on December 12, 2011.  Police pulled Ward over on Earl Street in the Butler Terrace neighborhood to try to arrest him for drug charges.  However, Ward allegedly shot at the officers.  The officers fired back, seriously injuring Ward.