Steve Martin takes stand in second day of his trial

Steve Martin last to take the stand in second day of his trial

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Tuesday was day two of a trial for Steve Martin, the man accused of trying to drive his truck into a Charlevoix County Sheriff's deputy.

First, the court heard from several investigators who got to the scene after Martin was shot by Deputy Nathan Kaminski. Then it was Martin's turn to tell his story to the jury.

Investigators walked through the crime scene photos describing what they saw.

A crash reconstructionist took the court through the body-camera video frame by frame, to show how he created a simulation of the incident.

It showed how he believes Steve Martin drove his truck towards Kaminski during a scuffle between Kaminski and Steve Martin's son, Jared.

The crash reconstructionist testified that Martin was stopped before Kaminski shot him several times.

When it was Martin's turn to tell his story, he was questioned on exactly where he was going when he started to drive.

Prosecutor Daryl Vizina asked Martin why he started driving forward.

“Because I was going to go to the end of the road and turn around," Martin said.

Vizina reminded Martin that he had testified earlier that he pulled onto the road to block any traffic from hitting the men in the road.

“I didn’t know that until I seen these guys scuffling in my rear-view mirror," Martin said. "I mean I had pulled ahead and I knew that something had happened.”

There was a lot of back and forth between Martin and Vizina about why he started driving.

On body-camera video, Martin also says he was trying to go get help.

Steve Martin was the last witness to be called in the trial, which could end Wednesday if the jury makes a decision.

Martin is on trial for one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

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