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Standoff case going to trial

By Staff | Jan 10, 2009

A trial is being scheduled for a 29-year-old Blue Earth man charged in a six-hour standoff with authorities in August.

Kevin Robert Karl appeared in Faribault County District Court on Monday with his attorney Jason Kohlmeyer of Mankato.

“We’re working with the prosecutor and are in negotiations right now. So, it might still get resolved,” says Kohlmeyer.

During the omnibus hearing, Karl waived his right to challenge any pre-trial issues.

Kohlmeyer says his client’s rights were not violated when authorities were trying to obtain information.

“We aren’t trying to get any evidence suppressed or tossed out on constitutional grounds,” he says. “Everything looked acceptable based on their merits.”

Karl was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 8 after he allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend at his rural Blue Earth residence.

The woman called 911 when Karl allegedly fired a gun several times and threatened her.

The couple’s 5-year-old daughter was inside the residence and the woman told officers she feared for her safety.

He was charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and reckless discharge of a gun.

On the advice of his attorney, Karl chose to remain silent when asked how he wanted to plea to the charges.

Kohlmeyer says under state law a person does not have to enter a plea. So, the court will automatically enter a not guilty plea for you.

Faribault County Attorney Brian Roverud and Kohlmeyer asked Judge Douglas to set aside three days for the jury trial, if it is held.

“We are probably looking at at least 20 witnesses. A lot of law enforcement officers, SWAT team members and helicopter pilots,” Kohlmeyer says.

If a trial is held he expects it to begin near the end of March or early April.

Karl has been released from jail after posting $5,000 cash.