Bail reduced from $1M to $15,000 for Wahpeton murder suspect
The Richland County prosecutor says she dropped the murder charge in an effort to build a better case against 33-year-old Anthony Krueger.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A Richland County judge has drastically reduced bond for 33-year-old Anthony Kruger, of Breckenridge, who was being held on $1 million due to a murder charge that he was facing .
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Judge Bradley Cruff reduced Kruger's bail to $15,000.
Richland County prosecutor Megan Kummer dismissed the murder charge saying she is waiting on outstanding analyses, search warrant information, and ongoing interviews before moving forward.
Kruger is still considered a suspect, and the murder charge can be refiled.
In January, Kruger was accused of firing 15 shots at the car 40-year-old Jeremiah Medenwald was driving. Medenwald was hit in the back and died.
No motive for the shooting has been disclosed.
Investigators say the men were together at the casino in Hakinson, North Dakota, before the shooting.
Both men have a history of drug charges.
Kruger is still facing a meth charge, and being a felon in possession of a gun.
His attorney Jonathan Green asked the judge to reduce bond to $5,000, arguing Kruger is wanted in Minnesota on a drug case there.
Kummer asked for $50,000, saying Kruger is dangerous.
"His distribution of drugs and possessing guns when he is legally prohibited from having firearms continues to make him a danger to the public," said Kummer.
"The risk to the community, at this point, is minimal. My understanding is that my client remains a suspect, but my client also maintains his innocence," said Green.