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Jury Seated In Attempted Murder Case Testamony Begins Monday

Last updated on Friday, November 11, 2011

(BEDFORD) - A jury of seven women and five men will begin hearing testimony Monday in Lawrence County Superior Court II in the trial of Kenneth Tipton.

Three alternate jurors were also seated.

Tipton is charged with attempted murder, criminal recklessness and dealing marijuana.

The jury was seated late Thursday afternoon. The court is closed today for Veteran's Day.

Tipton is being represented by defense attorney Scott Callahan. Presenting the case for the state are deputy prosecutors Tim Sledd and Jody Donaldson. Judge William Sleva is presiding.

Tipton is accused of firing a long rifle at police when they responded to a domestic fight at his home in the 2400 block of J Street on August 16, 2009. Tipton was fighting with his wife.

Shortly after police arrived, Tipton allegedly opened fire. Tipton injured Bedford Police Officer Justin Dodd after a piece of the round hit him in the face. Tipton is accused of firing several shots that damaged a police cruiser and neighbors homes, breaking windows, puncturing siding and sending pellets into the homes. After telephone negotiations Tipton finally surrendered and was arrested.

Police searched Tipton's home and found numerous guns, pistols and knives, a flight jacket and bins filled with bullets, shotgun shells and other ammunition. Police also found a marijuana grow operation in the garage. The trial is scheduled for all next week.

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