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Rutland man testifies 2011 incident was self-defense, not assault

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A town of Rutland man on trial for allegedly assaulting another man in November 2011 testified Tuesday in Jefferson County Court that he acted in self-defense because he believed the victim “wanted to kill me.”

Andrew A. Wren, 24, is on trial for third-degree assault, accused of punching Colby D. Roy in the face Nov. 24, 2011, at Mr. Wren’s residence at 18799 County Route 162.

Mr. Roy testified Monday that he had gone to the Wren residence to speak with his estranged wife, who had moved in with Mr. Wren about a month before. He said that he never threatened Mr. Wren nor his wife and that he never saw Mr. Wren approaching him until he was struck in the face and knocked down. Mr. Roy suffered a broken jaw and lost several teeth, injuries for which he is still undergoing treatment.

Mr. Wren described the incident as an “altercation,” testifying that it followed his receiving numerous threatening voice messages from Mr. Roy.

“Colby wanted to kill me. He wanted to kill me,” Mr. Wren said.

Despite Mr. Roy’s testimony that he was on the side of the road and not on Mr. Wren’s property at the time of the incident, Mr. Wren claimed Mr. Roy had started to walk from his truck and up his driveway, acting aggressively, when the altercation occurred.

“He opened the door and he put his hands up to fight,” Mr. Wren said.

Mr. Wren said neither man initially threw a punch, but that he “dove at” Mr. Roy, with the men wrestling each other to the ground. He admitted that he caused injury to Mr. Roy, but said it occurred in the context of a fight, not an assault.

“We got into an altercation and I obviously won the altercation,” Mr. Wren testified.

Closing statements are scheduled for this morning in the trial, with the jury beginning deliberations after hearing two days of testimony.

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