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West Fargo landlord assault case set for Aug. 23 trial

FARGO - A West Fargo landlord accused of hitting a former tenant on purpose with his Hummer is set to stand trial in August. Alois Vetter, 73, has denied he was trying to run over Brian Hemphill in the Feb. 18 incident in West Fargo in the 600 bl...

FARGO - A West Fargo landlord accused of hitting a former tenant on purpose with his Hummer is set to stand trial in August.

Alois Vetter, 73, has denied he was trying to run over Brian Hemphill in the Feb. 18 incident in West Fargo in the 600 block of Second Avenue West. He pleaded not guilty May 13 to felony counts of reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.

In a hearing Wednesday in Cass County District Court, Judge Steve McCullough declined a request by Vetter to set a trial date for later this month and set a start date for Aug. 23.

Vetter has claimed he was scared by a group of tenants who had congregated outside of his duplex and was trying to flee a threatening situation.

Police say Vetter pushed Hemphill roughly 60 feet down the road before he ran over him intentionally, breaking several ribs and collapsing a lung.

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