Hearing delayed in rape case near NDSU campus after defense cites 'undue' media coverage
FARGO - A judge delayed a hearing Wednesday for an Argusville man accused of breaking into a north Fargo apartment and sexually assaulting three women at knifepoint.
FARGO – A judge delayed a hearing Wednesday for an Argusville man accused of breaking into a north Fargo apartment and sexually assaulting three women at knifepoint.
In Cass County District Court, Stanley Joe Busche’s defense attorney asked that a preliminary hearing on the rape charges Busche faces be pushed back due to media coverage of the case.
Defense attorney Steve Mottinger said delaying the hearing would help ensure Busche gets a fair trial, given his case has “received what, in my opinion, is an undue amount of publicity” in local media.
Prosecutors allege Busche broke into an apartment shared by three students near North Dakota State University on Dec. 20, holding them at knifepoint and raping two of them. The women were able to escape after wresting the knife away from a masked rapist, court documents state.
Busche turned himself in after police say he was identified by multiple witnesses in surveillance images from near the same building, taken some months prior to the rapes.
The 39-year-old is charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony that can carry a lifetime prison term upon conviction. He is also charged with two lesser felonies, attempted gross sexual imposition and terrorizing.
He has not yet entered a plea in the case, which is done at the preliminary hearing that was set for Wednesday but delayed.
A new date for the hearing hasn’t been set yet.