(KWLM/Willmar MN-)  The murder trial for a Willmar man was set to begin in Kandiyohi County District Court Monday morning, but has been delayed until later this year.

The jury had already been seated for the trial of 30-year-old Richard Houske (house key) who is charged with 3rd Degree Murder-Selling, Giving or Distributing a Schedule 1 or 2 Controlled Substance, which in this case was Fentanyl.   However, his attorney, Theresa Patock, first made a motion to move the trial to a different county, which Judge Steven Wentzell denied, and then moved to delay the trial because of late evidence that came in last week regarding a statement a fellow inmate in the Kandiyohi County Jail had made regarding the case.   The trial was rescheduled for November 13th.

Houske is accused of providing Fentanyl to 24-year-old John Schlegel of Blomkest last November.   On November 4th, Schlegel was found dead of Fentanyl toxicity.   Houske is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $200,000 conditional bail.

Houske has 5 previous drug convictions going back to 2011.



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