Fairfax Man Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder

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(West Central Tribune/Olivia, MN) A Fairfax man has pleaded not guilty to three felony charges in connection with a January shooting at a Fairfax service station/convenience store.

The West Central Tribune reports 59-year-old Michael John Klatt pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault causing bodily harm and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

His next scheduled court date in Renville County District Court is a pretrial hearing on June 21.

Klatt is alleged to have shot a male employee Jan. 11 at the Weis Oil-Smart Mart in Fairfax. The 55-year-old man from Hector was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where a bullet was said to be lodged at the base of his skull and considered inoperable, according to court records.

According to court records, Klatt brought his vehicle to the business Jan. 8 for an oil change. While there, he allegedly spoke to the male employee about a female employee who had ended a relationship with Klatt.

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