First of Several Trials Underway for Alexander Lail


A man accused of operating a drug ring, bribing the sheriff, and trying to hire someone to kill two people is spending the next several weeks in trial.
Alexander Lail is facing a litany of charges stemming from alleged incidents dating back two years.

Jim Olson was in the courtroom in Valley City today.

(Jim Olson, KX News) “Testimony has begun in the first of several trials involving a New Rockford man. Alexander Lail is accused of trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife and a former employee.”

“Did you then contact law enforcement and tell them about this?”
(Jim Olson, KX News) “In court today the prosecution presented several witnesses and is expected to take a few more days to finish up its case.”

“Because she was scared that Alex would break in or hurt her.”
“Your honor, I’m going to object as to relevance.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) “In addition to the attempted murder case, there are three other trials scheduled over the next six weeks on charges including criminal conspiracy, delivery of meth, bribery, and other felonies. In all, Lail is charged with 11 felonies and 2 misdemeanors. The trials are being held here in Valley City, in Barnes County, instead of Wells County because of a lack of space there in Fessenden. This first, the attempted murder trial, is expected to last into next week. In Valley City, Jim Olson, KX News.”

A 14-member jury, including two alternates, is hearing the attempted murder case that’s now underway in Valley City.

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