Lander Man Enters Plea In Hatchet Attack

LANDER, (AP) - A Lander man accused of attacking a police officer with a hatchet has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness or deficiency. George A. Dewey Jr. also entered a not guilty plea to various charges that include attempted first-degree murder during his arraignment Thursday in Lander.

The 52-year-old Dewey faces the possibility of three life sentences in prison for the charges. Dewey is charged with attacking Fremont County Sheriff's Deputy Calvin Martin on Sept. 1. The deputy was treated for gashes to his head, arm and back of the neck and released from a hospital later that day.

Authorities say Dewey didn't approve of the white lawman's relationship with an American Indian woman.
Dewey's jury trial has been scheduled for March 9. He remains in custody on $500,000 bail.

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