Ax and Meat Cleaver Attack Verdict

Updated 2 years ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) – A man and woman charged with attacking another couple with an ax and meat cleaver have been acquitted by a Franklin County jury of the most serious charges. Sherri Dupree of Wilton was found not guilty of felony aggravated assault and two misdemeanor charges of assault. The Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/10PNSAJ ) reports that Brian Sweeney was cleared of aggravated assault, while the jury deadlocked on two lesser charges of misdemeanor assault. Prosecutors alleged that an ax-wielding Sweeney and cleaver-wielding Dupree attacked Jeremiah Gattis and his girlfriend at Gattis’ Farmington home last April. The defense said the dispute stemmed from a disagreement over an unfinished tattoo Gattis gave Sweeney. The defendants said they went to the home to pick up Sweeney’s belongings, and Gattis was the aggressor.


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