Trial starts in deputy shooting case – Morganton News Herald

Death occurred as three officers tried to serve commitment papers.

MORGANTON – The woman accused of shooting a law enforcement officer in 2007 has pleaded not guilty by temporary insanity. Her trial started Tuesday with a slew of Burke County sheriff’s deputies and the Sheriff taking the witness stand.

Joyce Smith Nelson, 62, is on trial for attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault of a law enforcement officer with a firearm and two counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property.

The state called the three sheriff’s deputies who attempted to serve Nelson involuntary commitment papers that day on to the witness stand.

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