Trial date set in shooting of Oregon officers

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The trial of a California man accused of shooting two law enforcement officers in Benton County last year is scheduled to begin July 1.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports (http://bit.ly/12bmm5u ) the trial of 32-year-old Demecio Junior Cardenas is expected to last four weeks.

He's accused of attempted aggravated murder in the wounding of the two officers looking in a brushy area of North Albany for a car theft suspect.

Benton County sheriff's Sgt. David Peterson was hit three times and hospitalized more than five weeks. He began working part time on light duty in December.

Salem Police Cpl. Andrew Connolly was treated and released. Cardenas was also wounded and later transferred to the Multnomah County Jail medical unit.

California officials say Cardenas served three prison stints there, all for stealing cars.

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com

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