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Court hearing for Troy Wilson pushed back 'til next month

Posted: June 8, 2012 - 12:05am

The former Juneau police lieutenant who is facing multiple attempted murder charges after allegedly opening fire on police officers in April appeared in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday for a pretrial hearing, but attorneys requested it be postponed.

Defense attorney Julie Willoughby told the judge both she and District Attorney David Brower needed more time to allow for an “enormous” amount of discovery.

Judge Philip Pallenberg allowed the omnibus hearing to be rescheduled for July 19.

Troy A. Wilson, 45, who is still being held in custody in lieu of $1 million cash bond, didn’t attend his last court hearing on April 23 in person — he listened in by phone from Anchorage.

Willoughby declined to comment on why he stayed in Anchorage then, and the out-of-town trip still went unexplained in court on Thursday.

Wilson was arrested early Easter morning — April 8 — after he allegedly barricaded himself in his house on Black Wolf Way and fired about 75 to 100 shots at his former coworkers and their police vehicles with high-powered rifles and handguns. No injuries were reported.

A former SWAT instructor, Wilson worked at the Juneau Police Department for 17 years. He resigned in December as he was being investigated for off-duty behavior that allegedly violated police policy and procedure, police told the Empire.

His trial is still slated to begin in early December.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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