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No verdict yet in Carter Rhodes, Jr. officer involved shooting trial

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***UPDATE (May 19, 2014)*** There was no verdict today in the Carter Rhodes, Jr. trial. Judge Patricia Koch said she needed more time to review Rhodes' medical records. A date for the next hearing has not been set yet.
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Carter Rhodes, Jr., the man a Pineville police officer shot in 2012 when he ran at the officer with a knife, stood trial Wednesday at the Rapides Parish courthouse.

Rhodes was originally charged with "attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer." That charged was later reduced to "resisting arrest with force or violence," which is a lesser felony.

Rhodes pleaded "not guilty by reason of insanity." But, a court psychologist testified that Rhodes was competent to stand trial and that he saw no evidence of mental illness.The psychologist said Rhodes admitted to having substance abuse problems. And, that his intention when charging the officer with a knife was to achieve "suicide by police officer."

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford was in court for the trial.

In April 2012, Carter Rhodes, Jr.'s father and sister applied for an "order of protective custody" with Pineville Police because they say he was exhibiting behavior that was "out of the ordinary." His family wanted him committed and to be evaluated.

Rhodes' sister, Linda, testified that her brother was paranoid of police and would say things like "the police are coming to arrest me." But, she couldn't understand why.

The family accompanied police as they tried to get him committed. But, he wasn't at home. 

 Later that night, an officer spotted him by the Highway 28 East overpass. As the officer called for Rhodes to come speak with him, he took out a knife.
 
That officer called for back up and when Officer Spencer Brister arrived, Rhodes charged at him with the knife above his head. Brister shot him in the hip.

 Rhodes was taken to the hospital. He waived his Miranda Rights to an attorney and told officers that he "wanted to force a police officer to shoot him."
 
Rhodes was charged and later turned himself into police after receiving psychiatric treatment.
   
Brister testified that shooting Rhodes - "Made me feel bad. It put me in a position that I didn't want to be in."

The prosecution argued that Rhodes knew exactly what he was doing.

The defense argued that officers never told Rhodes why they were trying to arrest him and that he reacted out of fear.

Both sides wrapped their case Wednesday afternoon. A verdict is expected Monday.
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