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Ili Makes Court Appearance

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The man accused of attempted murder of a Minot police officer was seen beating the officer's head against a post as the officer was limp and passed out.

That's what police say happened Friday night leading to the attempted murder charge along with other felonies including assault on a police officer against Jesse Ili.

Ili is a California native who is attending Minot State University and has been on the football team, although his name has been removed from the team's roster.

In court today Ili was read the charges by judge Richard Hagar, who set his bail at 200-thousand dollars.

Police say officers Eric Laudenschlager and Brandon Schmitt responded to a Friday night call of men smoking marijuana in a car in northwest Minot.

The report says Ili took off running when officers were trying to handcuff him.

Schmitt chased him and used his taser but the taser probes came free when Ili was climbing over a fence.

Schmitt then tried to control Ili by hand.

At the same time Laudenschlager took off chasing another suspect.

But he heard Schmitt calling for help and returned and saw Ili slamming Schmitt's head into a retaining wall post.

Laudenschlager said Schmitt appeared limp and unconscious while Ili continued slamming his head against the post.

Laudenschlager says he used his taser on Ili and tried to cuff him but was elbowed in the throat by the suspect.

Eventually Laudenschlager and a revived Schmitt were able to handcuff Ili.

At today's initial appearance, Ili pleaded for a lower bail saying he is a non-violent person, and his attorney said Ili is not a risk to the general public.

But State's Attorney Roza Larson disagreed, saying anyone who attacks cops and nearly kills one is a risk to the public and should have higher bail.

Judge Hagar set Ili's bail at 200-thousand dollar cash or corporate bond.

Ili's preliminary hearing is set for October 11th.

Both officers injured in the incident attended today's court appearance.

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