Jury convicts woman of attempted murder
After deliberating more than nine hours over two days, a jury on Monday convicted a former Ridgefield woman of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault for shooting her husband in 2007.As she listened to Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson read the verdicts, Sheryl J. Martin blinked several times and looked down at her lap. She showed no other emotion.When the judge ordered that Martin be taken into custody immediately, family members seated behind her started sobbing. The 54-year-old, who now lives in Longview with her parents, has been out of custody after posting bond following the Sept. 8, 2007, incident.“Can she hug her parents goodbye first?” defense attorney David McDonald asked the judge. Johnson said yes.Martin’s parents, two sons and other family members circled her, hugging and consoling her. Then the defendant took off her earrings and necklace, handing them to her family, and put her hands behind her back for a custody officer to handcuff her.The case isn’t over yet, McDonald said. He plans to appeal the conviction and will be requesting an appeal bond.Intent at issueThe panel of 10 women and two men received the case at noon Friday and rendered a verdict at about 12:45 p.m. Monday.