A Madera Superior Court jury has convicted Matthew Edwards of four felony counts of attempted murder, four felony counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, a felony count for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and auto theft.
The jury also found in its Wednesday verdict that the special allegations that Edwards personally used a firearm and discharged a firearm during the commission of his crimes were true, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Mary Thornton presented evidence at trial that on Dec. 28, 2008, Edwards was a passenger in a stolen vehicle leaving a convenience store in Madera.
After noticing several vehicle code violations, a Madera Police officer attempted to stop the car. It sped away and Edwards leaned out of the vehicle and began shooting at the pursuing officers...