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Man found guilty of man’s murder tackled after verdict

March 15, 2022 GMT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The defendant in a Pierce County murder trial Monday threw an object toward prosecutors as the judge confirmed the man’s guilty verdict, prompting deputies to tackle and use a stun gun on him.

Andrew Pointer was convicted by a jury in Superior Court of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in the Aug. 4, 2019, shooting of Lawrence Jeffries, 38, The News Tribune reported.

Judge James Orlando was polling the jury for verdict confirmation when Pointer grabbed and hurled the object. County deputies used a stun gun on the man as about eight of them detained and removed him from the courtroom.

During the five-week trial, Pointer argued he shot Jeffries in self defense.

Prosecutors said the shooting stemmed from a “long-time disagreement” over how Pointer should treat his girlfriend, whom Jeffries used to date and with whom he had a 16-year-old daughter, according to charging documents.

Pointer and Jeffries fought at a Lake Tapps gathering and the next day Pointer shot Jeffries and fled in a car, prosecutors said.

Pointer said he got control of Jeffries’ firearm during a scuffle and fired one shot at Jeffries.

Pointer is set to be sentenced in April.