March 15, 2013

Wilton man convicted of punching neighbor

The Associated Press

FARMINGTON — A Wilton man has been convicted of punching his neighbor in the face because he was annoyed by the victim's car horn beeping.

Dean Martin Jr. was convicted this week of felony assault for the October attack on Hutch McPheters.

The men lived across the street from each other.

According to testimony, Martin became angry because every morning when he left his home, McPheters gave his car horn three quick beeps as a way to say goodbye to his daughter and mother.

Prosecutors say one morning Martin threatened McPheters, and McPheters replied with a sarcastic comment about Martin only hitting women.

The Sun Journal reports that Martin's lawyer told the jury that McPheters taunted and provoked her client.

Martin is being held pending sentencing next week.

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