A man was found guilty Friday for the second time in the attempted murder of a Portsmouth officer, two years after an appeals judge ruled he was incompetent during the original trial.
Will Patterson Jr. was found guilty in Portsmouth Circuit Court following a three-day retrial. He was facing 12 felony charges, including attempted aggravated murder, aggravated malicious wounding, malicious injury to a law enforcement officer, and multiple weapons offenses in the 2017 shooting of Portsmouth officer Angelina Baaklini White.
Patterson was a 15-year-old runaway when he was accused of trying to kill White in the 2500 block of Hickory Street while she tried to detain him.
White previously testified in April 2018 she spotted Patterson riding a bike around 2:45 p.m. that day. She reported she was trying to take him home when he pulled a .40-caliber gun from his waistband and shot her five times. White was hospitalized for more than two weeks following the shooting.
It took the first jury nearly five hours to convict Patterson, a baby-faced teenager in a dress shirt who sat quietly next to his attorneys while his mother and aunt sat in chairs behind him. However, Patterson’s mental health was called into question before he was sentenced. And in 2020, an appeals judge threw out the original conviction.
Patterson was ordered to undergo services to restore his competency, which a judge said was due to “developmental immaturity,” WAVY reported in October 2020.
“It was our only goal to fight to the best of our ability to provide justice for our victim and everyone who worked to save her life back in 2017,” said Haillie Hogfeldt and Camden Freeman, assistant commonwealth’s attorneys, in a joint statement.
Patterson will be sentenced on Nov. 9.
“I applaud the bravery of the victim, who was harmed while serving our community, and I commend every witness and participant in this process who was impacted by the defendant’s malicious acts,” said Stephanie Morales, Portsmouth’s commonwealth’s attorney.