Franklin Man Accused of Running Over Man Withdraws Guilty Plea

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A Franklin man accused of running over another man at a Renville County farmhouse has withdrawn a guilty plea.

KSTP reports that according to court records, 39-year-old Russel Allen Doucette had pleaded guilty last month to one count of criminal vehicular homicide, but withdrew the plea and pleaded not guilty Monday.

A criminal complaint states Doucette and Randy Lee Oletzke were at a farmhouse in rural Franklin on July 27, 2017, when Doucette tried to drive away between dusk and midnight. Doucette told authorities¬†Oletzke wasn’t letting him leave by standing in front of his truck.

The complaint states that Doucette later told investigators he left the property at 70-75 mph to go to a neighbors house were he consumed several mixed drinks, adding that he was pretty sure he ran over Oletzke when leaving and that he was dead.

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