Legare Receives Court-Appointed Attorney

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The Minnesota man accused of choking and beating a Catholic priest at his church in Anamoose is getting a court-appointed attorney.

Chad Legare filed a request for the public defender Monday, and today, Judge Michael Hurly granted the motion and William Hartl has been assigned.

Legare is facing three felony counts in connection with the January 30th attack on Father Robert Wapenski.
Charging documents in the case says Legare believed Wapenski had raped a Minot woman he had been dating over several months, but a police investigation ended when the woman denied the allegations.
Those documents say Legare used a speaker wire as a ligature to strangle Father Wapenski.

Legare is being held on $250,000 bond, awaiting his next court appearance in two weeks.

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