Both Sides Rest In Polson Trial

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Pete Polson on trial for attempted murder. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa–The fate of a Des Moines man accused of going on a random shooting spree in Pleasant Hill is now in the hands of the jury.

Pete Polson, 33, is charged with three counts of attempted murder among other charges. Police say Polson went on a random shooting spree last November in Pleasant Hill injuring two people and narrowly missing a third.

During closing arguments, state prosecuting attorney Stephanie Cox told the jury Polson knew what he was doing when he showed up to the Pleasant Hill neighborhood with a loaded gun.

“He has this gun which he has loaded and taken with him Ato these location, his intent is to kill these people.”

Cox said Polson changed the lives of three people he didn’t know in a matter of 15 minutes.

She told the jury Polson needs to be held accountable for his actions and be found guilty on all charges.

Polson is using an intoxication defense. He took the stand in his own defense and told the jury he didn’t remember anything from the shooting after claiming to take a bad hit of meth.

His attorney, Phil Reser, told the jury during closing arguments Polson can’t be held responsible for what he did because he wasn’t in the right state of mind at the time of the crime.

“He was not thinking and that’s because the mental disability caused by his intoxication that put him in a spot where he was incapable of forming specific intent.”

The jury was handed the case late Friday afternoon and only deliberated for fifteen minutes before being sent home for the day.

The jury will return Monday morning to continue deliberations.