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Verdict Reached In Attempted Homicide Trial For Erie Doctor Assault

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A jury has reached a verdict in the trial of an Erie man charged with attempted homicide.

Around 5:00 Wednesday afternoon, after about 3 hours of deliberation, a jury found 32-year old Eddie Johnson guilty on all charges, for brutally beating Erie physician Justine Schober in her office last May.


Johnson is charged with the may 28th assault on physician Justine Schober at her office at Modern Tool Square.
Prosecutors say robbery was the motive, but Doctor Schober did not see her attacker.

During the trial, Johnson's attorney had tried to shift the suspicion from Johnson to Doctor Schober's estranged husband, Bill Schober.
But on Wednesday, Bill's brother and law partner, John Schober, testified that Bill was at their Dunkirk law office at the time of the assault.
John Schober said he advised Bill not to talk with police, or to testify, because anything Bill said could be used against him in an upcoming divorce proceeding.
So, John agreed to testify on behalf of his brother.

Also Wednesday, a woman named Romayne Hess testified that she purchased a Kindle from Johnson.
It's the same Kindle missing from Dr. Schober's office.
Hess said Johnson walked into the west side tavern where she worked at the time and offered to sell the Kindle to her for $25.00.
However, Hess was unsure if the transaction took place before or after the date of the attack.

In a recorded interview with police, Johnson told a detective that he purchased the Kindle off the streets.
During the trial, the defense didn't call any witnesses.

The jury began its deliberations around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon, and came back with the guilty verdict on all charges, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and robbery around 5:00 in the evening.

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