Bennett trial for attempted murder to start June 25

An Anoka man is scheduled to go on trial in Anoka County District Court June 25 on second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault charges.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office filed the charges in court against Jesse Ray Bennett, 25, 500 Greenhaven Ave., in connection with a Nov. 11 shooting in which a man was injured. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was apprehended at a Coon Rapids apartment Nov. 23, 2011. Bail was set at $750,000.

Anoka County District Court Judge Alan Pendleton April 19 denied a defense motion to suppress all evidence obtained as a result of a DNA sample collected by investigators from Bennett Nov. 29, 2011.

According to the complaint, the victim told officers that he had been socializing with a number of people during the day Nov. 11, 2011, including Bennett.

The victim alleged they had been drinking throughout the day in various establishments in Anoka and in Coon Rapids before returning to a home on Benton Street.

Sometime in the early morning hours, the victim alleged that he and Bennett began wrestling around and Bennett began to get angry and more violent.

According to the complaint, at one point during the scuffle, Bennett produced a semi-automatic handgun, put it to victim’s head and fired.

Medical personnel said the bullet glanced off the victim’s skull and lacerated the skin only, requiring staples to repair.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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