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Jury continues deliberations in town of Rutland man’s assault trial

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A Jefferson County Court jury will resume deliberations this afternoon in the assault trial of a town of Rutland man after failing to reach a verdict Wednesday following nearly five hours of deliberations.

Andrew A. Wren, 24, is on trial for second-degree assault, accused of punching Colby D. Roy in the face Nov. 24, 2011, at Mr. Wren’s residence at 18799 County Route 162. Mr. Roy suffered a broken jaw and lost several teeth, injuries for which he is still undergoing treatment.

At issue for the jury is Mr. Roy’s intentions in going to the Wren residence at 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and the question of whether Mr. Wren acted in self-defense when he punched him numerous times.

Mr. Roy testified that he had gone to the residence to speak with his estranged wife, Melissa, who had moved in with Mr. Wren a month before the incident. He claimed he did not enter upon the Wren property and was not acting threateningly, yet was “sucker-punched” by Mr. Wren, whom he had not seen approaching because he was focused on his wife.

Mr. Wren testified that he had previously told Mr. Roy not to come to his residence after a previous physical altercation occurred there between the two men in October 2011. Mr. Wren contended that in the weeks prior to the Nov. 24 incident, Mr. Roy had left him threatening voice messages in which he indicated “he was going to kill me with a shotgun.”

Mr. Wren claimed that when Mr. Roy arrived at his residence, Mr. Roy raised his fists as though he wanted to fight, so he “dove” at him and wrestled him to the ground. Mr. Wren characterized the incident as an “altercation” in which both men participated, with him getting the better of Mr. Roy, who maintained he never threw a punch and never had a chance to fight back.

During deliberations Wed-nesday, the jury asked to hear the voice messages left by Mr. Roy replayed and then asked to hear Mr. Wren’s testimony read back in its entirety. After hearing the testimony, the jury was dismissed for the day by Judge Kim H. Martusewicz.

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