Drive-By Shooting Court Case 24 May 12

The attorney for a Madison Lake man facing attempted murder charges for an alleged drive-by shooting says that the charges should be dropped. 18-year-old Alexander Marxen was one of four people arrested on March 6th after police responded to a report of a drive-by shooting in west Mankato. A man at the residence showed police a sweatshirt that had four apparent bullet holes in it. Marxen’s attorney says there is no evidence that the holes were actually created by a bullet, however, and that the attempted murder charges should be dismissed. He says that there is no evidence that Marxen was shooting at any of the people outside the residence, and had instead only fired a shot in the air to protect himself and his friends. Marxen has been on house arrest since posting a $50,000 bond for his release from jail. A decision on his attorney’s request will be made in the coming weeks. Two teens who were with Marxen that evening have already pleaded guilty in juvenile court to being involved in a drive-by shooting. Anthony Ray Hildebrandt and Damien Jay Kump are scheduled to be sentenced in June.