LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) - Jurors reach a split decision after six hours in the case ofRussell Timmons. The 51-year old Lafayette man was accused oftrying to push an attorney over a railing around the TippecanoeCounty Courthouse rotunda. The Superior Court One jury foundTimmons guilty of confinement resulting in bodily injury, but thepanel decided Timmons is innocent of attempted murder and criminalbattery.
During the week-long trial, jurors watched security videothat shows him going after Fort Wayne attorney Linda Polley.Defense attorney Kent Moore argued Timmons was in an altered stateof mind after a hearing about an insurance dispute. Polleyrepresented the insurance company Timmons was taking to court in adispute over $4,000. Deputy Prosecutor Laura Zeman contendsTimmons intentionally singled out Polley after the hearing in Juneof 2007. Zeman said it can be difficult to convince jurors ofintent to murder when the act is not completed.
"They concluded that they could not decide and could not beconvinced beyond a reasonable doubt what his exact intent was.Hence, they would have to find him not guilty on those charges,"she said.
Timmons remains free on bond. A sentencing date will be thefirst week of August. He faces a range of two to eight years inprison.
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