Prosecution, defense give opening statements in Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer’s trial

The prosecution and defense concluded jury selection on Wednesday.

TACOMA, Wash. – Opening statements in Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer’s criminal trial were released Wednesday afternoon.

Troyer faces two misdemeanors after he allegedly claimed that a Black leopard carrier threatened to kill him on an officer’s 911 line in January 2021. He withdrew. those statements when the police arrived.

Tuesday afternoon, the defense and the prosecution questioned the jury panel to select a fair and impartial jury. The final panel consisted of six jurors and four alternates.

Jury selection ends on Wednesday.

In opening statements, state prosecutors summarized the confrontation on January 27, 2021, saying that what Sedrick Altheimer experienced that night far exceeded “anything” he experienced. He had previously worked as a newspaper reporter.

Defense attorney Anne Bremner said the state would have a burden of proof, to prove to a jury, that Troyer was guilty of false reporting and was willing to lie.

On Tuesday, the state shared concerns with the judge after learning Troyer had been in contact with a retired deputy who is likely to be a witness on the prosecution list. Troyer’s defense attorney said she was at fault and asked Troyer to contact the man to confirm his phone number.

The judge warned the defense about the case.

On January 27, 2021, Troyer called 911 on a line used by law enforcement to collect information and requests and said he had “caught” the Altheimer courier in his driveway and “he just threatened to kill me,” according to document probable cause.

When questioned during Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s investigation into the incident, officers at the scene said Troyer told them Altheimer did not make any threats and that he did not Observe any weapons on the body.

Troyer faces one charge of false reporting and one charge of making false or misleading statements to a public official. Troyer pleads not guilty before the charges in October 2021.

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