Man charged with conspiracy to commit murder pleads not guilty

By KBJR News 1

Man charged with conspiracy to commit murder pleads not guilty

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The man charged in connection with an attempted murder in Cloquet in January has pleaded not guilty.

John Edwin Bemis III pleaded not guilty in Carlton County Court Monday to charges of First Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Aiding and Abetting First Degree Assault.

The charges stem from a shooting incident that left Richard Majerle critically wounded.

The criminal complaint pegs Bemis as the ringleader behind the shooting, stating that he approached his estranged wife, Marie Marjele, to make plans to shoot Richard so he and she could get back together.

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

Authorities say Bemis fled to Nevada after the shooting leaving his 14 year old daughter alone. He also faces charges of child abandonment.

He was extradited to Minnesota in June.

Bemis is scheduled to appear in court again in January for a settlement conference.

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