A Charlevoix County man accused of trying to run over a sheriff’s deputy with his truck was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon, but not guilty of a more serious charge.
Steve Martin was arrested back in October of 2016, after deputies pulled his son over for driving drunk in Charlevoix County’s Hayes Township.
Steve was on scene when a fight broke out between his son and a Charlevoix County deputy.
Deputies say Steve then got in his truck and accelerated towards them.
A deputy fired several shots striking Steve in the arm before taking him into custody.
Ultimately, the jury came to the conclusion that Steve Martin did not intend to kill the deputy, but did put him in a situation that could’ve caused potential harm.
Wednesday in court, the prosecution argued body cam video taken from the scene shows Martin’s intent to kill the deputy.
“[Martin] chose the most dangerous, he chose the most lethal option at his disposal. I can’t think of something he could have done that would have been more dangerous. His only weapon was that big truck,” Prosecuting Attorney Daryl Vizina, said.
He added that a specific line Martin yelled during the incident showed his motive.
“You [expletive] got it coming now. It’s right after that, his vehicle is revving and moving,” Vizina, explained.
After an hour of deliberation, the jury decided the body cam footage, animation and other evidence shown during the trial, depict an assault with a truck but not one with an intent to kill.
“Mr. Martin’s position was and is, and will always be that he was not trying to hurt the deputy, but part of count two is not just hurting someone but putting him in fear of reasonable hurt, so it makes sense, it makes sense,” Defense Attorney Bryan Klawuhn, said.
Martin could face up to four years in prison.
He will be sentenced next month.