- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A man has been convicted of the attempted murder of a Huntsville police officer after jury members initially said they were deadlocked.

Al.com (https://bit.ly/1Pd9Xll) reports that jurors delivered their verdict against Olusola Abimbola Kuponiyi of Nigeria on Friday after a judge urged them to resume deliberations. Jurors on Thursday wrote a note telling the judge they were deadlocked, 11-1, with one juror favoring a not guilty verdict.

Prosecutors said Kuponiyi fought with Officer Jonathan Sallis in Aug. 2013 when the officer ordered him out of his car. They said Kuponiyi tried to kill Sallis with the officer’s knife during the struggle.

Kuponiyi’s defense attorney Larry Marsili objected to the judge urging jurors to resume deliberations, saying it was coercive. He says the state didn’t prove the attempted murder charge.


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