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Carr convicted

September 04, 1998

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Wisconsin man was found guilty Thursday in a 1997 Jefferson County, W.Va., shooting that left three men wounded, according to court officials.

Patrick Carr, 53, of Minocquan, was found guilty of three counts of malicious wounding and one count of first-degree sexual assault, said Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson.

The case went to the jury in Moorefield, W.Va., on the third day of the trial.

The trial was to begin in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Aug. 18, but was delayed when court officials could not seat enough jurors.

The shooting occurred when a man drove to the Harpers Ferry Flea Market along U.S. 340 on July 27, 1997, and led a 5-year-old boy into a wooded area, according to witnesses.

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When confronted by family and friends of the boy, the man opened fire with a .32-caliber revolver, wounding three men, according to police and witnesses.

One reason a jury could not be seated in Jefferson County was because several potential jurors read a local newspaper story about a plea bargain offer that was made to Carr, officials said.

The concern was whether reading the story would taint prospective jurors' opinions of the case, said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Larry Crofford, who tried the case.

In addition, only 52 of 60 prospective jurors who were called for selection showed up.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes later ruled that the trial would be moved.

- Dave McMillion

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