ELYRIA — The jury in the attempted murder trial of Martin Robinson was unable to reach a verdict Thursday and will resume deliberations today.
Robinson, 40, of Sheffield Lake, is charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, felonious assault and other charges in connection with a May 31 shootout at his Oliver Street home while the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Lorain County SWAT team attempted to serve an arrest warrant out of Cuyahoga County.
During the shootout, Robinson allegedly shot Amherst police officer and SWAT team member Eugene “J.R.” Ptacek with a 20-gauge shotgun, which prosecutors have said “nearly killed” the officer. During the trial, Ptacek recounted the extent of the injuries he suffered from the shooting which required several surgeries and probably will require more in the future.
Robinson testified that in 2009 he was assaulted by four Cleveland police officers while he was working as a corrections officer at a state prison facility. He sued the Cleveland Police Department and was eventually awarded a $900,000 settlement.
Robinson’s defense attorney, Reid Yoder, has alleged that law enforcement officers were unhappy with Robinson getting the settlement and have been harassing him since. Prosecutors have said the 2009 incident was motive for Robinson’s dislike for police and for getting into the shootout.
The trial, which began Feb. 20, is closing in on its third week.
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