A New Rockford man accused of more than a dozen crimes in the Fessenden area will have four trials over a six week period.
That’s the schedule announced this week by the court in the cases against Alexander Lail.
It was over a year ago that the first charges were filed against Alexander Lail – possession of marijuana, a charge that’s still active.
Then, in late April, the first serious charges came to light. Investigators claimed Lail devised a plan to rob and attack a Wells County man who was near death from cancer.
The BCI says Lail and his accomplice used a super-heated ice auger to burn the thigh of the man in April, leaving him in danger of death from heart attack. The man, Jason
Thomas, succumbed to cancer not long after detailing the auger attack for investigators on this videotape.
Also in April, the BCI accused Lail of planting a listening device in the office of the Fessenden police chief in 2016, and, in a separate incident the same year, stalking a local woman and placing a tracking device in her vehicle.
In May, more charges for alleged crimes from 2016. Investigators say Lail tried, on at least two occasions, to hire someone to kill his wife and a former employee.
And finally, in June, prosecutors filed six felonies and one misdemeanor alleging that Lail was operating a drug ring and paying off the sheriff to leave him alone.
The result is a slate of 11 felonies and 2 misdemeanors, and a 6-week schedule of four trials, beginning with the attempted murder charges. That trial is slated to run for two weeks beginning July 30th.
Jim Olson, KX News.
Judge Daniel Narum moved the trials out of Wells County to the Barnes County Courthouse in Valley City.
He also ordered that if the two sides are seeking any plea deal, it must be presented to him before June First.