A vehicle can be a weapon

Police state that James Joseph Platte Jr., 29, assaulted his girlfriend on Sunday. Then he forced her to get in her car, and with him driving they took off. Police also state that Platte intentionally rammed a tree with the vehicle, allegedly in an attempt at a murder suicide.

After the wreck some witnesses state they heard Platte threaten his girlfriend before he fled on foot prior to emergency services arriving. The girlfriend was taken to the hospital. One article says she was treated and released and the other says that she is in critical condition.  

Police then acting on a tip Tues. morning located Platte and placed him under arrest. He could be charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.

Platte does have a prior criminal record of driving on a suspended license, assault, drug possession, larceny, and safe burglary.

http://www.record-eagle.com/2006/aug/30platte.htm

http://www.tv7-4.com/Global/story.asp?S=5336057&nav=1vrj

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Attempted murder charges were dropped against James Joseph Platte Jr. Law enforcement says that is pending some DNA testing as Platte has denied that he was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. Platte was convicted of drug possession and sentenced to 15 years. As of 07/07 Platte was also charged with aggravated assault for an alleged assault on a cellmate in the jail.

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7 Comments

  1. MagZ said,

    August 31, 2006 at 7:11 am

    This happened 30 miles from me…she is in extremely critical condition in a downstate hospital…injuries are from the beating…not the wreck.
    This happens more and more lately up here. I’ve come to realize that living in tiny northern town protects you from NOTHING. It just seems more personal,because someone is either related to,or good friends with, at least one person involved in every story.

  2. August 31, 2006 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for the info MagZ, I couldn’t believe it when one article said released and one said critical.

  3. MagZ said,

    August 31, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    Just heard update on 6p news..still critical enough to have them say “if she doesn’t survive this attack,charges willbe upgraded to murder. Also, no surprise, turns out he is one of those meth people that seem to have invaded the last of the safe places to be..

  4. JAMES PLATTE SR. said,

    July 27, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    SHE WAS NEVER IN A DOWNSTATE HOSPITAL. IT WAS OCYCODIN AND CLOSAPAN HE SUPPOSING HAD. THE ATTEMPTED MURDER WAS DROPPED. THIS WAS THE FIRST LIE OF MANY MORE TO FOLLOW FROM AUTHORITIES. SHE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. DON’T EVER BELEIVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR SEE ON T.V. WHO WAS REALLY DRIVING?

  5. juror March 2010 said,

    March 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Just was on the jury for the trial of James Platte Jr, and it became a mis-trial due to a hung jury. 12 total jurors, and 11 were in agreement from the start, but one would not budge…..just crazy. Very sad, as he is as guilty as you can be, after going through the trial for 2-weeks. The best news is the state is going to try it again, and they should. One juror was just so silly, she could not see it…..just crazy!!

  6. JD Williams said,

    December 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I do not know either people involved. I have heard stories where she was driving and he was driving. I would not necessarily be interested in this case, except that I think this girl needs serious mental help. SHE has sent a vicious threat via e-mail to someone I am close to, about something she knows nothing about. I think this girl is a violent person that has control issues and a serious prescription and illegal drug problem, then and probably now. She is not a good or nice person and neither are some of the people she associates with. I am not speaking as to whether she was or was not assaulted and I don’t believe anyone deserves it. I do think sometimes both parties are guilty of turning a fight into a brawl and its not always the guy’s fault; I think the court system needs to do a better job representing this.

  7. JAMES PLATTE SR said,

    February 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    The trial is now going to be in October. Over 5 years will of passed. A lot of delay’s from both sides. This is wrong. I got in trouble for taking pictures of the jeep. I beleive that was the real reason. That case was never about Judge Morse but the paper said it was. It was entirely about Kyle Legel. I did plea to it but I wish I could rewind it. DECEPTION? My pictures show the hat smashed on the floor taken 1-07. Theirs is straighted out on the back seat taken 3-07. A witness said he was driving and had a hat on. Their is a lot more that will be shown this time. Her family got a contract to supply food to the jail right after this happened. It was over $4000.00 during 2006 and 2007. They never had that before this happened. Her Mother is going through the court system now for running a drug house and manufacturing/disturbuting marijuna. The jurors heard a lot of mis-truths the last time. It will not happen this time. Did she really have a mis-carriage? Was she raped? This trial is about who was driving the jeep. I think all the other things that were brought in clouded the minds of 11 people. Her mother has/had custody of her children. I do not know who does now. Please pray for their daughter. So many people have got hurt by this. In 1986 a similur situation happened here. It cost the state/us millions of dollars. Two in that story are now Judges. We will have to wait a see if a new Judge will appointed soon. It could explain a lot. DELAY DELAY


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