In trial 4, Jack Wilson convicted of assault

Jack Harold Wilson (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

CULLMAN, Ala. – A Cullman County jury returned a guilty verdict against Jack Harold Wilson, 74, of Bremen Wednesday during his fourth trial appearance in the shooting of his neighbor. Originally charged with attempted murder and previously acquitted of that charge, Wilson was convicted of first-degree assault.

Wilson was arrested in May 2015 on charges stemming from a shooting at his home on Cold Springs Road (County Road 109) in Bremen.  Wilson shot neighbor John Bentley during a dispute over a property line, claiming self-defense and saying that Bentley had attempted to run over him with the tractor he was driving at the time of the altercation.

Wilson’s first trial ended in a mistrial when he reported a medical issue, and he was subsequently hospitalized.  He was acquitted of attempted murder in the second trial, but deliberations ended in a hung jury on the assault charge. The third trial on the assault charge ended in mistrial after an early prosecution witness inadvertently made reference to the previous trial, which was not permitted.

Details of this week’s trial were not immediately available. According to court records, Wilson is in jail pending sentencing.

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