Jury acquits Saric of attempted murderPublished 7:42am Monday, April 7, 2014 Updated 9:42am Monday, April 7, 2014
A jury acquitted a St. Louis, Mo., man of four felony charges — including second-degree attempted murder — from a 2012 alleged marijuana sale that resulted in shots fired at a Pelican Rapids home.
Fikret Saric, 29, was charged in October 2012 in Otter Tail County District Court with two felony counts of second-degree attempted murder and two felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. After two hours of deliberation following a trial April 1-3, a jury found him not guilty of all four charges Thursday.
Eight people, including three male juveniles, were part of an alleged plot that involved robbing and burning a house in Pelican Rapids, and murdering the occupants, although they didn’t go through with it. The alleged motive was to retrieve stolen marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a drug deal gone bad.
According to the criminal complaints, the group drove two vehicles to a Pelican Rapids home in the 200 block of Second Street Northwest Oct. 4, 2012, and brought along a crow bar, bear mace, a lead pipe, a knife, a machete, a metal baseball bat, gasoline and a gun. The alleged plan was to kill everyone inside and burn down the house.
Saric was reportedly at the house, and one person in a vehicle was reportedly going to buy two grams of marijuana for $30 from Saric.
While the car’s occupants were waiting outside, the complaint alleged that Saric walked out of the house into the front yard and fired two gunshots with a handgun, one of which struck the passenger side front door of one of the vehicles.
One of the vehicle’s occupants reportedly told a 911 dispatcher that they thought Saric was trying to kill them, and they drove the vehicle away from the house.
Others charged from the incident include Brandtley Patrick Hutson, Branagen Jordan Theisen and Zack Otis Stewart, who were each sentenced to prison time in Otter Tail County District Court for one count each of felony first-degree aggravated robbery.
Kimberly Dawn Ryan was sentenced to prison time for first-degree conspiracy to commit assault, and Kevin Forer was sentenced to jail time for felony first-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.