The jury has reached a decision in regards to an attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer charge in the trial of 72-year-old Anthony LaCastro.
The jury first broke to deliberate at about 4pm yesterday, then ended the day about an hour later. Deliberation picked up again this morning at 9pm. Finally, they reported around 5pm their verdict for LaCastro. He was found guilty of four counts of attempted homicide, five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and guilty of possession of an instrument of crime. He was found NOT guilty of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.
Testimony wrapped up yesterday afternoon. Investigators say LaCastro tried to kill state troopers last January when they responded to a domestic call on his property. But, the defendant says they have the story all wrong; telling the jury he never fired the shots at the troopers and he didn’t even know it was officers who were in his yard. The troopers involved say they could hear bullets flying past them, and in response, shot at LaCastro.
The defendant suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach.
LaCastro is set to be sentenced in March.