ROLETTE, N.D. — A Rolette man awaiting trial on a murder charge is now accused of hiding a shank while in custody at the Rolette County Jail.

Ronald Wayne Wootan, 50, faces up to 10 years in prison if he’s convicted of the latest charge — possession of a weapon in a correctional facility. He’s facing life without parole for allegedly fatally shooting James Pochant, 26, in July 2018.

A criminal complaint said Wootan fatally shot Pochant July 31 in Rolette. Wootan is facing charges of attempted murder, terrorizing, reckless endangerment and preventing arrest.

A new charge was filed Thursday, Sept. 19, alleging Wootan had a “weapon assembled out of a razor blade and other parts” while he was in custody at the Rolette County Jail. He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday on the charge.

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Wootan pleaded not guilty in December to all charges stemming back to July 31. His trial date has been pushed back to set aside time for a neuropsychological exam. The initial trial originally was slated for Tuesday, but it is now scheduled to stretch 10 days in February.