Attempted Murder Charges Dropped 09 Feb 13

Two charges of attempted first-degree murder are being dropped against 46-year-old Brian Noel Hester of Redwood Falls.

Hester, who is currently in the Renville County Jail, was charged after a 38-mile, high-speed chase Dec. 3 in Renville and Redwood counties. He also faces two charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a police officer, driving while impaired and driving after cancellation.

The West Central Tribune reports Renville County Assistant Attorney Laurence Stratton said he would dismiss the two attempted murder charges against Hester following an evidentiary hearing on Friday in Olivia.

Stratton said after reviewing investigatory materials collected in the case, he did not believe there was the evidence required for the two charges.

No officers involved in the chase reported any injuries.

The complaint alleges that the chase reached speeds of 75 to 80 miles per hour, and that Hester drove his pickup truck through the city of Morton at 65 to 70 miles an hour.

District Judge Randall Slieter will be also be ruling on a defense challenge to the assault and DWI charges.

The case is scheduled for trial in early April.