Weiland found guilty on all charges
(ABC 6 News) – An Albert Lea man was found guilty of three counts of first-degree attempted murder and three counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, after shooting a police officer and two others at Shady Oaks Apartments in Albert Lea in November 2020.
Devin Weiland’s trial began two weeks ago, and was estimated to take three weeks.
However, after four days of jury selection and about a week and a half of arguments, Weiland was found guilty of all charges.
“Weiland’s attempted murder of a police officer and two innocent bystanders is reprehensible, and the jury’s verdict was just and proper. I commend the jury for their hard work and the attorneys in my office for successfully pursuing justice,” Attorney General Ellison said.
“Above all, my thoughts today are with to the victims of this crime — first and foremost, Officer Needham and those who were injured and their family members. My thoughts also go out to all the members of the Albert Lea Police Department and the entire community of Albert Lea. We rely on police to step into dangerous situations like this one was and try to resolve them as peacefully as possible, and they deserve our thanks for it.
Weiland’s defense expected the jury to convict him of second-degree assault, but argued that the defendant had not intended to kill anyone.