Whiteout wintry conditions caused issues Monday for some court proceedings, but one defendant still entered his not guilty pleas.
In a waiver filed Friday, 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado waived his preliminary hearing set for Monday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer.
He's accused of attempting to run over a Bismarck police officer in January during a probation search in north Bismarck. The officer subsequently shot him. Villalobos-Alvarado later turned himself in at Brookings, S.D.
South Central District Judge James Hill accepted his waiver Monday morning.
Villalobos-Alvarado is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention center, pending $500,000 cash bond.
Juan Nunez, charged with felony hindering law enforcement from the same episode, was also set for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon. Prosecutor Marina Spahr said his hearing was rescheduled for Friday.
Nunez, 32, is accused of helping Villalobos-Alvarado avoid arrest. He is also held at the jail, pending $100,000 cash bond.
Hill said jail staff ended inmate transports Monday afternoon owing to the whiteout conditions.
Burleigh County offices closed at 3 p.m. Monday due to the weather.