Jury finds Goshen man guilty of attempted murder

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Jury hands Goshen resident 18 year sentence

By Amanda Manning

An Oldham County jury found a Goshen man guilty of attempted murder May 29.

Norman Dick IV, 37, was found guilty of attempting to shoot a man on his morning jog in La Grange at approximately 5:15 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2016. In addition to the morning shooting in La Grange, Dick is accused of shooting at vehicles on Highway 393, Interstate 71 southbound, the Gene Snyder Freeway and the intersection of Westport Road and Hurstbourne Parkway.

The jurors were only asked to make a decision about the alleged morning shooting.

The jury reached the verdict after deliberating for around two hours after hearing closing arguments on day six of his trial.

“Norman Dick is on trial for a single count of attempted murder,” Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad told the jurors during directions May 29. “You have heard information regarding a series of alleged shootings. You will not be asked to find his guilt or evidence on others.”

The verdict decided among the jurors had to be unanimous, according to Conrad.

The jury had the option to find Dick not guilty on any charges, or guilty of one of the following charges: criminal attempt-to-attempt murder, attempted first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment or attempted second-degree assault.

Before going into deliberations, the jury heard closing arguments from both the defense and the commonwealth.

“This is a case from my perspective, of a shoddy police investigation and a lack of meaningful proof that you have seen for the last week,” Dick’s attorney Rob Riley said.

On the other side, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Berry Baxter argued they have proven that Dick randomly shot at a man in La Grange with the intent to kill him.

“The conclusion is that Norman Dick is guilty of criminal attempt to commit murder,” Baxter said.

The jurors began deliberations just before noon May 29.

“I think you all have been a very attentive jury,” Conrad told the jurors. ‘This has been a very interesting trial.”

On May 24, Judge Conrad ruled that Kentucky State Police Detective and Forensic Examiner Michael Viergutz was qualified to testify as an expert in the trial.

Viergutz said he was contacted by Oldham County Police Departmentn (OCPD) Detective Todd Lindner to extract data from Dick’s Ford Taurus to confirm where and when Dick drove around on Nov. 8, 2016.

The module extracted from Dick’s car was shown to the jury and taken into evidence.

“The system grabs a track every second in this particular make and model,” he explained.

According to the information Viergutz presented to the jury, the data places Dick’s vehicle in La Grange at approximately 5:10 a.m., where the alleged shooting occurred in 2016.

The data also shows that Dick opened his car and then closed it at approximately 5:15 a.m. after driving through La Grange. The data presented also places Dick on Highway 393 and Highway 42, among other locations.

The defense asked why the system took a five-minute break, which doesn’t tell them what happened during that time.

Riley also argued while the data can pinpoint the car’s location, it doesn’t tell you specifically what was happening inside the vehicle.

“Nothing you’ve downloaded tells us what people are talking about in the car. It doesn’t tell you how many people were in the car, it doesn’t tell you the intent of anybody in the car,” Riley said. “It can’t put a gun in my clients hands.”

Lindner, who responded to the scene that night, showed the jury what police recovered from Dick’s vehicle when he was arrested at PT’s Showclub in Louisville in November 2016.

A black rifle, boxes of unfired ammunition in a Walmart bag and shell casings under the driver’s seat were among the items police found in Dick’s Ford Taurus.

That evidence – including the shell casing Kidwell found - was sent to be tested and no DNA or fingerprints were found, according to testimony. The lab never completed the ballistics testing.

According to Kidwell, Dick was wearing a toboggan with writing on it and a ball on top of it. A dark green toboggan that Dick was allegedly wearing when he was arrested was displayed to jurors.

The defense argued that a toboggan has never been recovered that matched that description.

“You and I have discussed this toboggan in the past and you’ve agreed with me that this toboggan does not match the description that was given,” Riley said to Lindner.

Riley also asked Lindner why it took the OCPD two years to obtain evidence from Dick’s vehicle. Lindner said he wasn’t aware the data was available until he learned about it at a conference.

Several admissions that Dick has allegedly made about the shootings were also introduced during the trial.

A letter he allegedly wrote to his mother said, “I’m guilty on all counts of attempted murder,” was read during a handwriting analysis.

“I’m obviously disappointed in the verdict,” Riley said to the jury before the penalty phase began in the late afternoon of May 29.

Baxter asked for the maximum sentence, while Riley advocated for a lesser sentence.

“No one wants their whole life to be judged by the worst 15 minutes,” Riley said.

The jury sentenced Dick to 18 years in prison. They could have sentenced him anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

Dick has already served two-and-a-half years in the Oldham County Detention Center, which will be counted as credit.

His sentencing is scheduled for June 27 at 1 p.m. During that time, a pre-trial conference will also take place for the other attempted murder charges Dick faces in Oldham. He is also facing attempted murder charges in Jefferson County.

“I appreciate the jury’s service and I think that justice was served today,” Baxter said.