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Ili In Court

Ili In Court

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A man accused of assaulting two Minot police officers this fall was in court today for a motion hearing and his pre-trial conference.

Jesse Ili was initially charged with attempted murder for the August assault, but those charges were reduced to aggravated assault and assault on a peace officer -- both class C felonies.

Ili was allegedly with a group of Minot State football players who were arrested on drug charges.

He is accused of trying to flee the scene, and after being caught, beating Minot police officer Brandon Schmitt unconscious.

Officer Erik Laudenschlager was also on the scene.

At today's hearings, Ili's attorney was arguing that personnel files on the two officers involved that night should be turned over to the defense.

Something that deputy state's attorney Kelly Dillon said would set dangerous precedent, and should be denied.

(Kelly Dillon, Ward County Deputy State's Attorney) "The state is not conceding that the defense is entitled to personal records. This is a fishing expedition. There has been no assertion of any record of dishonesty or excessive force by either one of these officers involved."

Judge Richard Hagar will rule on that issue, but not today.

Ili's attorney asked that a trial date be set, but that the window for settling the case with the state also be extended six weeks, which it was.

If it goes to trial, it will be scheduled to last three days, however no date was set today.

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