Attempted Murder Upheld 06 Jul 12

A judge has ruled that an attempted murder charge against a Madison Lake man accused of taking part in a drive-by shooting will stand. The attorney for 18-year-old Alexander Marxen had argued that the charges should be dropped due to a lack of evidence, saying that Marxen had only fired a shot into the air to protect himself and his friends. He was one of four people arrested in early March after police responded to the drive-by shooting report in west Mankato. A man at the residence showed police a sweatshirt that had four apparent bullet holes in it. Marxen’s attorney had questioned whether the holes were actually created by a bullet. Blue Earth County Judge Krista Jass has now ruled that there is enough evidence to conclude that Marxen intentionally fired the shots at the man, and that he will stand trial for attempted murder, as well as several other counts related to the reckless discharge of a firearm.