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Andrew Pierce Lake listens to an opening statement during his trial Tuesday at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse.

Andrew Pierce Lake listens to an opening statement during his trial Tuesday at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse. Lake is charged with one felony count of attempted deliberate homicide and one felony count of tampering with evidence in connection with a stabbing in March 2017.

Thom Bridge, thom.bridge@helenair.com

After six hours of deliberation Thursday evening, a jury returned a guilty verdict in the trial of Andrew Pierce Lake for attempted deliberate homicide.

Testimony in the three-day trial finished Thursday morning and the jury returned a verdict at about 7 p.m.

Lake was convicted of attempted deliberate homicide but was found not guilty of one felony count of tampering with evidence in connection with the stabbing in March 2017.

Lake stabbed the man seven times in a confrontation and fight on Fifth Avenue after both men left the bar after closing time, according to court documents. Lake then allegedly went home, got rid of the knife and left his bloody clothes in his living room. He was arrested the next day and said he does not remember leaving the scene or the altercation, according to court documents.

In opening statements Tuesday morning, Deputy County Attorney Melissa Broch said Lake made comments about abusing children before the confrontation happened. She laid out some of the testimony that jurors would hear, including an allegation that Lake laughed when the victim asked him if he had stabbed him. 

Lake's public defender Mariah Eastman said he is a veteran who is on 40 percent disability from his time in the armed services, has difficulty in social situations, and uses art therapy to deal with his past traumas.

Eastman argued that the stabbing victim followed Lake outside of the bar and then grabbed him, which caused Lake to react in a defensive manner.

Lake will be sentenced in Helena District Court at a later date.

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