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Cannon's trial gets pushed to June 2014

Former Hillsboro police officer will remain in jail seven more months


The attempted aggravated murder trial of former Hillsboro Police officer and Forest Grove resident Tim Cannon has been rescheduled a third time.

During a hearing Nov. 19, Cannon’s trial was set for June 6, 2014, starting at 9 a.m. in Washington County Circuit Court, 150 N. First Ave, Hillsboro.

Cannon, who is accused of multiple counts of aggravated attempted murder in the most notorious cop-on-cop shootout in recent history in Washington County, remains in Washington County Jail.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges last February.

Ray Bassel of Hillsboro’s Bassel & Rawls law office has said he intends to rely on one of two defenses when proceedings begin next year. One is “voluntary intoxication” and the other is “partial responsibility or diminished capacity.”

In September, Bassel asked for a trial date delay because he had not yet received reports from experts who had evaluated his client.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Roger Hanlon will prosecute the case for Washington County.

Cannon resigned his position with the Hillsboro Police Department Jan. 22, 2013, two days after he allegedly fired his weapon from the second floor of his home near Forest Grove High School.

Officers from three county agencies had responded to a 911 call from Cannon’s wife, Lisa Cannon, who had barricaded herself and the couple’s young daughter in an upstairs bathroom after a domestic disturbance spiraled out of control.

No one was killed in the 80-minute confrontation, but Cannon and another officer received non-life-threatening injuries.

Besides the felony accusations of aggravated attempted murder, other charges against Cannon include 11 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated first-degree animal abuse, fourth-degree assault and harassment. Ten officers are named as victims in the case.

Personnel records related to Cannon show he struggled with alcohol use and absenteeism for years before the Hillsboro department placed him on a “last chance” employment status in 2012.

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