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Jury makes fastest decision in local assault in local assault case

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

In six minutes an Essex County jury found John Cooper Jr. guilty of assault. The incident took place in April of 2014. It only took seven minutes for the jury to decide on a sentence.

“The shortest jury deliberation I’ve ever seen,” Judge Harry Taliaferro said.

Essex County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Stacey Davenport outlined the difference between assault and assault and battery.

“Assault and battery is what most people think of when they think of assault,” Davenport said. “Actually assault can be the reasonable threat of bodily harm. Assault and battery is when someone actually gets hit.”

Cooper had let the victim into his house. The victim worked for the landlord and had entered to do a property inspection.

“He was unhappy and arguing,” Davenport said. “He told her ‘If you don’t leave I’m going to sic my dog on you.’”

Davenport said the victim and the defendant were the only two witnesses to the crime. Right after the defendant threatened her she went directly to the sheriff’s office…

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