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Published April 30, 2013, 10:28 AM

Hettinger attempted murder suspect to represent self

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Dickinson man facing trial for attempted murder is choosing to represent himself.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Dickinson man facing trial for attempted murder is choosing to represent himself.

Kevin Gardner is accused of putting a loaded gun to a woman's head last November in Hettinger and pulling the trigger. The gun did not fire.

Gardner is scheduled for trial beginning May 29 on felony charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault-domestic violence, reckless endangerment and terrorizing, along with a misdemeanor menacing count.

The Dickinson Press reports Gardner told the judge during a hearing Monday he wanted to dismiss his public defender because, he said, "I think I'm the best chance I've got."

Judge William Herauf reluctantly agreed to an arrangement in which public defender Kevin McCabe will act as backup counsel for Gardner during the trial but will do no other work on the case.

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