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Guilty verdict in attempted murder of Baxter Springs man

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – A jury finds Brian Waterman guilty of the attempted murder of a Baxter Springs, Kansas man. It happened during a home invasion.

After less than two hours of deliberation Thursday afternoon, a jury returned the verdict. They found 38-year-old Waterman guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Burglary.

The four-day trial took place in the Cherokee County Courthouse in Columbus, Kansas.

2016 Baxter Springs Case

In May 2016, authorities say Waterman went into a Baxter Springs home on Kansas Street. While inside, he stabbed the resident repeatedly and then doused him with bleach. Authorities say Waterman then fled the scene.

Authorities released the suspect’s name as Brian Waterman, of Miami, Oklahoma.

Later, law enforcement got a tip where Waterman was hiding in Miami, Oklahoma. Officers responded and found Waterman hiding under a bed.

A word from the Prosecutor

“Getting this case to trial is the culmination of a tremendous team effort on the part of law enforcement, our office, and all of the individuals who dutifully remained available over the years and responded to their subpoenas to appear and testify.  I’m obviously pleased with the jury’s decision and encouraged by their dedication to our system of justice.  Sacrificing the time required as a juror is never easy but is essential and the entire community should be grateful.  I know the verdict will help provide some form of closure to the victim’s family,” stated Cherokee County Attorney Nathan Coleman who prosecuted the case along with Deputy County Attorney Kurt Benecke.

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