Jury Finds Webb Guilty Of Attempted Second-Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault
A jury on Friday found Clint Webb guilty of attempted second-degree murder when he tried to kill his wife by running her over with his sport utility vehicle in June 2014.
The six-man, six-woman jury also found him guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of felony property destruction.
They took about eight-and-a-half hours to reach the verdict.
The aggravated assault and felony property destruction convictions are punishable each by up to 10 years imprisonment.
The second-degree murder conviction is punishable by a minimum 20 years imprisonment, and a maximum of life in prison.
As Clerk of District Court Gen Tuma read the verdicts on the four counts, Webb shook his head, and looked back with a subdued smirk at the courtroom populated with friends of his ex-wife.
His public defender Rob Oldham rubbed his back in an effort to comfort him.
Natrona County District Court Judge Daniel Forgey dismissed the jury and ordered a presentence investigation. Sentencing will be scheduled later.
Forgey also ordered Webb to be held in custody without bond until sentencing.
Nancy Johnson, the District Attorney's victim witness coordinator, said family members did not wish to speak about the verdict because they were too emotional.
However, she said they were relieved at the outcome of the trial.
Assistant District Attorney Dan Itzen said it took a team of witnesses, especially the neighbors who saw what happened when Webb ran a stop sign and crashed into her vehicle, and then drove around the block and into a yard to try to hit her.
"We are pleased with the jury's verdict," Itzen said.
Public defenders Oldham and Tracy Hucke quickly left the courthouse and could not be reached for comment.
Earlier Friday, Itzen and Oldham presented their closing arguments.
According to court records, Julie Webb on the afternoon of June 30, 2014, was traveling westbound on West 12th Street approaching Payne Street.
Clint Webb apparently was waiting for her, ran the stop sign while traveling south on Payne, and rammed her vehicle with his.
After she got out of her car, Clint drove around the block and tried to run her over while she was standing on a neighbor’s front lawn.
To sum the prosecution’s case against Clint Webb, Itzen said, “this became a case about control, and Miss Webb wouldn’t give it to him.”
Oldham, however, wanted the jury to know who his client was before passing judgment on him, he said.
Webb, 42, had never been in trouble with the law before, had no history of drug or alcohol abuse, and loved his wife and sons, Oldham said.
Webb never stalked his wife, and went out of his way to stay married, he said.
The state didn’t do a good job of resolving differences in the testimonies of witnesses, many of whom were neighbors responding to the crashes, Oldham said. “How can the state not try to pull these inconsistencies together?”