Charges Will Not Be Dismissed in Renville County Farmsite Death


(West Central Tribune/Olivia, MN) A Franklin man has lost his bid to have manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges against him dismissed.

The West Central Tribune reports 38-year-old Russel Allen Doucette faces three felony counts in the July 2017 death of 59-year-old Randy Lee Oletzke, of Franklin.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 12 on one charge of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Doucette is accused of running over Oletzke at the farmsite where both of them lived and waiting 24 hours to report the death.

In an order filed last week in Renville County District Court, District Judge Dwayne Knutsen addressed several prosecution and defense motions. He denied a defense motion for dismissal and granted a prosecution motion to sequester witnesses during the trial.


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