Jury selected for man accused of trying to kill Oshkosh West High School police officer
OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - The trial of a former Oshkosh West High School student charged with trying to kill a school resource officer in 2019 is finally underway after many delays.
Grant Fuhrman, who was 16 at the time and is now 20, faces one count of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide for the attack on Officer Michael Wissink.
Upon entering the Winnebago County courtroom Monday, Fuhrman appeared to offer a wave to a few people he recognized in the spectator gallery.
More than 90 people were in Winnebago County court Monday for jury selection. That number was eventually trimmed to just 15, including 3 alternates, which is needed for the trial that’s expected to last up to 3 weeks.
Prosecutors say Fuhrman repeatedly stabbed Wissink in the officer’s school office. The officer shot Fuhrman once to stop the attack. Both were taken to the hospital. The incident led the school being evacuated and classes were canceled for two days.
Fuhrman’s trial has seen a number of delays. The most recent was last May, right after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Fuhrman’s attorney felt it would be difficult to find a jury that wasn’t biased in the aftermath of the tragedy.
A series of questions was posed to potential members of the jury Monday, like one concerning the extended timeframe of the trial, lasting 15 business days.
“I can’t give you a particular number of days, but that is the general anticipation for this trial. Knowing that, are there any of you who have very pressing appointments or engagements?” Judge Daniel Bissett asked.
Fuhrman has said he didn’t intend to kill the officer but wanted his gun and thought Wissink would pass out from bleeding too much.
In 2021, a judge agreed to suppress Fuhrman’s statements to investigators he made following the stabbing due to his age and not having a parent present.
Furhman is being held on a $1 million cash bond.
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