Urie bound over for trial
A Minnesota man entered not guilty pleas to two felony charges and requested a jury trial after a preliminary hearing before Judge Jay Schmitz in Southeast District Court in Jamestown Wednesday.
Chase Urie, 20, Proctor, Minn., is charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, Class C felonies. A charge of minor consuming alcohol, a Class B misdemeanor, was referred back to Jamestown Municipal Court for a plea.
Fritz Fremgen, Stutsman County state's attorney, called Cuyler Johnson, an officer of the Jamestown Police Department, to testify about the Oct. 7 incident. Johnson said officers were called to a home in northwest Jamestown at about 4:45 a.m. on the report of an intruder. They also reported the intruder had broken in the back door. The cost of repair was later estimated at $3,500.
The family has invoked its Marsy Law rights and their names were not mentioned during the court proceedings.
Johnson said officers approached the home and saw an individual, later identified as Urie, come toward the door. When the officers identified themselves, Urie retreated back into the house. At that time, the Jamestown Police Department called its Special Operations Team to the scene.
Officers found Urie at about 8 a.m. unclothed and asleep in a back bedroom of the home, Johnson said.
The Jamestown Police Department tests revealed Urie had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.1 percent several hours after the incident, Johnson said.
During closing arguments, defense attorney Luke Heck argued the state had not established that Urie knew at the time of the incident he was at the wrong home and that the costs of repairs to the door had not been confirmed.
Schmitz found probable cause for both felony charges. Urie entered not guilty pleas to both and requested a jury trial which is estimated to last more than one day. The case will now be assigned to a judge of the Southeast District Court, who will set a schedule for proceedings.