Preliminary in officer assault continues today

Testimony is scheduled to resume today in a preliminary hearing for three people accused of assaulting a Department of Public Safety captain and wrestling away his gun.

Raymond Nattrass, 17, his 21-year-old brother, William, and 28-year-old friend Vivian Leman stand accused in the Nov. 14 attack on department Capt. P.K. O'Neill.

O'Neill said he drew his revolver after he went outside his office to break up a dispute between the three and one of the brothers acted as if he was going to pull out a weapon.

After he began moving away from them, the three allegedly jumped him and wrestled the weapon away.

Raymond Nattrass is accused of kicking and punching the officer, while his brother is accused of taking the gun and trying to shoot O'Neill.

It was later determined the gun did not fire because its safety was on, according to police.

William Nattrass was charged with felony attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a peace officer. Leman, who was accused of punching O'Neill in the face, was charged with accessory to attempted murder.

Raymond Nattrass is charged with felony principal to attempted murder and battery on a peace officer.

Under state law, Nattrass was automatically certified as an adult because attempted murder is not considered a delinquent act.

The preliminary hearing is to determine, by slight or marginal evidence, if the three should be brought to trial.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at or 881-1213.


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