Jury Finds Samuel Ward Guilty of Attempted Murder, Other Charges
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Jurors have returned a verdict in their second day of deliberations in the attempted murder trial of Samuel Ward.
Bob Becher, Madison County Assistant District Attorney, was the lead prosecutor on the case.
“We don’t need Sam Wards on the street. OK! This guy is dangerous. This is the second time he’s been into it with the Huntsville Police Department. He does not need to be on the street,” said Becher.
Jurors found Ward guilty of attempted murder, carrying a pistol/handgun in vehicle without a license, receiving stolen property, obstruction of government operations and attempted assault first degree.
“Jurors took their time and methodically, in my opinion, considered the evidence, e.g. what they heard, what they saw and the laws they were given," added Becher.
The jury got the case on Tuesday afternoon. Ward is accused of shooting at two police officers and trying to kill them.
Jurors spent most of the trial's second day watching dash cam video and other surveillance video showing the shooting on Indiana Street in 2011. They also looked at 28 pictures and the weapon Ward used in the shooting.
Prosecutors say Ward could be seen firing a handgun at officers.
Ward's family declined an on-camera interview with WHNT NEWS 19, but told us the evidence used during the trial was not complete. The family believes portions of the video showing officers hurting Ward was removed.
WHNT NEWS 19 asked Becher about the family's claim.
Becher replied, “They’re the family, right? You know what, the video does not lie. The video speaks for itself. It spoke loudly and clearly as to what these guys did out there that day. There was nothing covered up. There was nothing hidden.”
A judge is scheduled to sentence Ward in September.