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Wilson trial pushed ‘til January 2013

Judge grants deadline extension for filings

Posted: September 28, 2012 - 12:07am
Troy A. Wilson, 45, enters Juneau Superior Court Thursday for a status hearing. The former Juneau police lieutenant is facing multiple attempted murder charges after allegedly opening fire on police officers in April.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Troy A. Wilson, 45, enters Juneau Superior Court Thursday for a status hearing. The former Juneau police lieutenant is facing multiple attempted murder charges after allegedly opening fire on police officers in April.

A new trial start date, albeit a tentative one, has been issued for Troy Wilson, the former Juneau Police Department lieutenant accused of opening fire on police officers in April.

Wilson, 45, was slated to go to trial in December, but his attorney Julie Willoughby requested a deadline extension for motion and notice filings Thursday during a hearing in Juneau Superior Court.

That request, which was unopposed by District Attorney David Brower and granted by Judge Philip Pallenberg, forced the trial start date to be pushed back. Pallenberg rescheduled the 10-day trial to begin in January 2013.

The new filing date for motions and notices is Nov. 19, which means Willoughby will have until then to inform the court whether or not Wilson plans on raising insanity as a defense at trial.

The new trial date will likely just be a placeholder in the court’s calender as Willoughby informed the judge that she is in the process of drafting extensive motion practice that will likely affect the January trial date. She noted they haven’t been submitted yet because she just received a 150-page pile of discovery from the state on Friday.

Brower said the discovery process was now about complete.

Wilson, a 17-year JPD veteran and former SWAT instructor, is facing multiple felony charges, including attempted murder, for allegedly firing 75 to 100 shots at police officers and their vehicles with high-powered rifles and handguns over the Easter weekend. JPD originally responded to his house on Black Wolf Way after receiving a 911 call from Wilson’s wife, who reported her husband was suicidal and had a gun.

Wilson resigned from JPD about four months prior to his arrest when he was under investigation for off-duty behavior that allegedly violated JPD policy and procedure.

At the time of his arrest, Wilson worked as a juvenile probation officer for the state of Alaska’s Division of Juvenile Justice.

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

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