Sidles trial sees another delay

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

An attempted murder trial in Dickinson County will see another delay.

Judge Carl Petersen on Monday rescheduled the trial date for Scott Sidles of Spirit Lake. The 55-year-old’s trial was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 18. The case will now be heard at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, unless a plea agreement cancels the need for a jury.

Investigators think Sidles discharged his .22-caliber pistol in the direction of a neighbor “with the intent to cause the death of another person and not under circumstances which would justify his actions,” according to court documents that charged him with attempted murder.

The victim was sitting in a chair on her patio on the night of Sunday, Oct. 2, when a bullet struck her in the leg, according to a criminal complaint filed at the Dickinson County Courthouse. She received emergency treatment at the scene and was then transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare by ambulance.

Investigators think Sidles was “shooting at a group of people,” in the vicinity, according to court documents. He lives at 1205 Fargo Avenue near East Lake Okoboji in the city of Spirit Lake. The weapon was fired from a driveway that accesses Lake Drive Avenue in the back of the house.

The attempted murder charge is a Class B felony. Sidles is also charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony; reckless use of a firearm, a Class C felony; willful injury, a Class C felony and assault with a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor.

A pre-trial conference has been set for 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, for attorneys to work out the parameters of a plea agreement or trial.

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