Trial begins in attempted cop slaying

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Jurors were named Monday to decide the fate of Travis O'Neal Bluntson, a 37-year-old man accused of trying to murder Sealy Police Department Officer Eric Bryant in 2012.

Bluntson appeared in Judge Jeff Steinhauser’s courtroom in Bellville six years after the attempt on the Sealy police officer’s life. The trial is expected to continue all week.

The victim Officer Bryant, listed in the indictment as Eric Gum, was scheduled to testify Nov. 6 and said he would tell his story to The Sealy News once the trial is complete.

Several jurors were dismissed Monday morning due to physical ailments or other obligations. One man left the courtroom in tears after speaking to the judge.

Bluntson rolled his eyes when asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and appeared in court wearing khakis and a button-down shirt that was not tucked-in in the front.

According to the indictment, Bluntson on March 13, 2012, “did then and there, with the specific intent to commit the offense of Capital Murder of a Peace Officer, namely, E. Gum, a Sealy peace officer, do an act, to-wit: shoot a firearm at E. Gum, which amounted to more than mere preparation that tended but failed to effect the commission of the offense intended …”

The defendant then allegedly fled the scene and was later apprehended in a Wharton County motel room.

Check The Sealy News website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest testimony as the trial proceeds.

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