CRANDON - Fourteen months ago, ATV riders found Steven Roberts in the Forest County woods. He had been severely beaten, and had seemingly been left to die as temperatures dipped into the single digits. Roberts was suffering from a broken jaw, broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken eye socket, and frostbite.
Roberts managed to survive. But a Forest County jury will decide whether Ray Jones, 46, is guilty of trying to kill him. Jones' attempted murder trial started Tuesday in Crandon.
"His face was all beat up. His nose was all bloody. You just couldn't tell who he was," a witness said of Roberts. The witness had been one of two ATV riders who found Roberts. The witness' identity is being protected as requested by lawyers.