Ed Troyer trial: Judge orders sheriff to take COVID PCR test

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer performed two rapid COVID tests, one of which came back positive. A judge ordered Troyer to take a PCR test to confirm the results.

TACOMA, Wash. – The jury selection for the trial of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer was delayed Monday after Troyer’s attorneys announced that he had tested positive for COVID- 19.

This comes as a trial is underway, months after Troyer was charged with two misdemeanors in a confrontation he allegedly initiated with a Black newspaper carrier in January 2021. .

Anne Bremner, Troyer’s attorney, said Troyer took two rapid tests on Monday, and one gave a faint positive for COVID-19.

The defense asked for a delay until Troyer recovers, saying he has the right to be present for jury selection, while the state argued that the court should keep to schedule and ask the judge to order Have Troyer do a PCR test to confirm the results.

The attorney general’s office also questioned the validity of the COVID-19 positive test after hearing from the nurse who performed the test and said the second test contradicts the first. Pierce County Jail nurse Angela Valencia said she took the second test about 10 minutes after the first to make it clear the results of the initial test were positive. The second test was negative.

The judge sided with the defense that Troyer had the right to be present but also ordered a PCR test.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged Troyer in October 2021 with one count of making false statements and one count of making a false or misleading statement to a public official. Troyer has pleaded not guilty.

In January 2021, Troyer allegedly phoned an officer to the 911 line claiming that the messenger, Sedrick Altheimer, had threatened to kill him, prompting more than 40 officers to initially rush to the location. his. When police arrived on the scene, Troyer retracted those statements.

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Edmund DeMarche

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