Judge finds Scott Bubar not guilty of aggravated attempted murder charge

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) Not guilty -- that's the verdict from a judge in Augusta this morning on all charges against a man accused of trying to kill a sheriff's deputy in a police shootout in Belgrade.

41-year-old Scott Bubar was charged with aggravated attempted murder of an officer during the shooting last year. The jury waived trial ended last week.

Bubar's father, Roger, was killed during the stand off.

The judge cited a lack of physical evidence connecting Scott Bubar to the weapons fired.

She also dismissed the state's theory that Bubar placed the shotgun underneath his father's dead body.

The defense team says Bubar and his family are relieved and overwhelmed with the verdict.

"I think he's just overwhelmed," says Scott Hess, one of Bubar's defense attorneys. "I mean before he walked into the court and the court announced its verdict, he was potentially facing life in prison. And the court, again through a careful deliberation, looked at the evidence and not only found him not guilty, but that it was highly likely that it was Roger."

"As disappointed as we are in the verdict, we are equally thankful that Justice Murphy recognized Sergeant Pierce's behavior that night -- his willingness to protect the community and serve the public," says Paul Cavanaugh, Deputy District Attorney of Kennebec and Somerset Counties. "And we're thankful to have officers that are willing to do that and put themselves in risks."

Bubar's defense team says that Scott now has to pick up the pieces in his life moving forward.