Willmar Shooting Suspect to Stand Trial in August


(KWLM/Willmar MN-) A trial has been set for the St. Cloud teen accused of shooting a Willmar man last summer.

Seventeen-year-old Jeremiah Torke pleaded not guilty during a pre-trial hearing Thursday morning in Kandiyohi County District Court, and a trial date window of August 27th through September 3rd was set.

A pre-trial hearing takes place August 20th.

Torke is charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, 1st and 2nd Degree Assault, and Threats of Violence.

He was initially charged as a juvenile but was later certified to be tried as an adult.

Court records say there was a house party in southwest Willmar June 30th. A 29-year-old man told Torke he had to leave, and Torke shot him and fled. He was later arrested at another house in Willmar and reportedly threatened police.

The shooting victim is slowly recovering from wounds to the liver and gall bladder.

In court Thursday Torke asked to be able to leave the state for his job pending his trial, and his request was granted as long as he signed a waiver of extradition in case The State of Minnesota had to bring him back from another state.

He is currently free on $100,000 conditional bail.


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