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New Rockford man bound over for trial on murder

NEW ROCKFORD, N.D.--A New Rockford man was bound over for trial Friday on seven charges, including murder, in the September shooting death of Pingree man at a wedding dance after a preliminary hearing in Southeast District Court in New Rockford.

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NEW ROCKFORD, N.D.-A New Rockford man was bound over for trial Friday on seven charges, including murder, in the September shooting death of Pingree man at a wedding dance after a preliminary hearing in Southeast District Court in New Rockford.

David Troske, 51, pleaded not guilty to murder, a Class AA felony, attempted murder, a Class A felony, aggravated assault, a Class B felony, three counts of reckless endangerment, Class C felonies, and possessing a firearm in a bar where alcohol is served or a gambling establishment, a Class A misdemeanor. Troske's attorneys, Joseph Friedberg and Alexander Reichert, entered the pleas.

Troske is accused of fatally shooting Donald "Donnie" Perleberg, 41, and shooting and wounding Mary Seiler, 51, New Rockford, on Sept. 6 at a wedding dance at the New Rockford Eagles Club.

While the not guilty pleas were being entered, a person in the courtroom yelled "guilty." This drew an admonishment from Judge Thomas Merrick, who warned further outbursts would result in the person being removed from the courtroom. The hearing was attended by about 50 people.

Travis Peterson, Eddy County state's attorney and prosecutor in the case, called Eddy County Sheriff Paul Lies as his only witness during the preliminary hearing.

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Lies testified that he had not been at the wedding dance but had been called by one of his deputies after the shooting. The deputy had taken Troske into custody immediately after the shooting, read him the Miranda warning and then asked Troske whether it was worth it. Lies said the deputy told him that Troske replied "sure was."

Lies said Seiler had said she had briefly dated Troske but wished to only be friends with him.

Lies said Seiler had told him that Troske approached her from behind while she sat at a table with Perleberg and others at the wedding dance. Troske asked her who she was going home with, and she replied she was going home alone, Lies said. She told Lies she then saw Perleberg raise his hands to about shoulder height with the palms up, and Troske took a handgun from his pants pocket and shot Perleberg before turning the gun on Seiler and shooting her twice.

Lies said that another eyewitness to the shooting told him that Troske then sat down at the table and had an unspecified drink.

Friedberg asked Lies whether there was evidence Troske had been drinking during cross examination.

Lies testified Troske appeared to have been drinking but didn't appear intoxicated. Lies said Troske had bloodshot eyes and slow and deliberate speech but was understandable.

No blood-alcohol or breathalyzer tests were performed on Troske the night of the shooting.

No trial date has been set. Troske remains in custody in the Stutsman County Correctional Center on $2 million bond.

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The Class AA felony murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison as well as a mandatory minimum sentence of four years in prison. The Class A felony is punishable by 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of four years in prison. The Class B felony is punishable by 10 years in prison and with a mandatory minimum of two years in prison. The Class C felonies are punishable by five years in prison. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by one year in prison.

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