Murder Charge for Bemidji Man Who Shot Neighbor Girl

Man Charged After Shooting His Neighbor Three Times
Chad Pickering was charged with attempted first-degree murder in Beltrami County. Pickering shot at a 17 year old girl over a lawn mower. He allegedly shot her three times after she told him to stop riding his lawn mover through her yard. She went outside to see why her dog was barking and he shot her on her deck. She was able to get back inside and call the police and is expected to live. She had previously had conversations with Pickering and asked him to not drive her lawn mower on her lawn while carrying his gun. Three shells were found nearby her home.
Police found a gun that matched the shells found near her home and a holster that was hidden in his air vent. Pickering changed his story a few times after conversing with police. He first told the police that he did not have a .45 caliber gun and that his wife sold it. He then denied leaving his house all day. Later, he said that he took his children for a ride on his lawn mower and that the girl was waiting and threatening him about crossing onto her lawn. He then incriminated himself and admitted that he waited for her to come out of her house and shot her.
What is TYPE OF Felony Sentence is Pickering facing?
Pickering could get up to 20 years in prison for attempted first-degree murder. Bail is currently set at $300.000.00. If you have been charged with murder, contact Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys for a free consultation. Murder convictions may carry a lifelong prison sentence. It is important to hire an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense attorney from the beginning to ensure you do not incriminate yourself. Individuals charged with a crime have the right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment. A skilled Minnesota Defense Attorney will look at the circumstances under which a  statement to police was made. An experienced criminal defense attorney will also examine whether a suspect’s statement was coerced given lawfully. Call (952) 913-1421 today.

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