Cloquet Shooting Suspect Attempted Murder Charge Dropped, Pleads Guilty To Assault

By KBJR News 1

Marie Majerle

June 28, 2013 Updated Jun 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Cloquet woman accused of shooting her estranged husband in the chest in January has plead guilty to charges of first degree assault as part of a plea agreement.

36-year-old Marie Majerle was originally charged with attempted murder after shooting Richard Majerle, but prosecutors amended that charge down to first degree assault as new revelations were revealed in the case this week.

Majerle had also been charged with removing the serial number on the firearm used in the shooting, but prosecutors dismissed that charge as part of the plea deal.

John Edwin Bemis III was charged earlier this week with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and assault in the first degree for aiding abetting in the shooting.

Bemis had gone missing two days after Majerle shot her estranged husband and was wanted for questioning by police surrounding the events of that day.

He was picked up in Reno, Nevada last week on a child abandonment warrant after he allegedly left his 14-year-old daughter behind while he was on the run.

Bemis was extradited to Minnesota on Tuesday, the same day authorities re-interviewed Marie Majerle about the case.

The criminal complaint pegs Bemis as the ringleader..stating that he approached Majerle to make plans to shoot Richard so he and she could get back together and leave the state.

The complaint says Bemis also purchased the ammunition used in the shooting and showed Majerle how to use the rifle and what to do with the weapon and her clothing after the shooting.

Majerle's sentencing has been delayed until the Bemis trial is underway, but she will be sent to the state prison in Shakopee in the meantime.

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