Murder for Hire 08 Feb 14

The attorney for the Echo man accused of trying to hire someone to kill or injure witnesses against him in a burglary case want him examined to see if he’s mentally competent to stand trial.

A hearing for 47-year-old Ronald James Andersen was held in Olivia Friday, and KWLM reports Andersen’s attorney Carter Greiner of Willmar said his client has auditory and visual hallucinations and possibly has an undiagnosed traumatic brain injury.

Judge Randall Sleiter suspended court action for 2 months so the Rule 20 exam could take place.

The Renville County Attorney’s Office also asked that a formal statement made by Andersen can be used at his trial.

No trial date has been set and he’ll be held without bail pending further action.

Andersen was in jail on a burglary charge out of Redwood County December 23rd when he allegedly tried to hire a man to kill and/or injure a Marshall woman and her daughter to prevent them from testifying against him.

The would-be hit man went to authorities, and Andersen is now charged with Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Premeditated Murder, First Degree Witness Tampering and 1st Degree Assault with Great Bodily Harm.