Defense raises questions about another person’s involvement in attempted murder trail

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MANDAN, N.D. - A jury trial continued into day two for Dequan Smith, who is accused of shooting a 27-year-old woman in a drug deal gone wrong.

State’s attorney’s called Mandan Police Investigators to the stand Thursday to describe evidence processed from the December 2018 scene.

Lieutenant Haug with Mandan Police says there were five 40 caliber shell casings found at the scene on 2nd and 3rd Ave NE in Mandan.

Four bullet holes, and three bullets were found in the van the victim had been driving.

Haug says based on where the shell casings were found, and the angle the bullets hit the car, he has reason to believe the individual who shot the victim was standing on the west side of the road.

On Wednesday, when the victim took the stand, she claimed Smith was standing on the corner of 2nd and 3rd Ave NE when she was shot.

Smith’s defense argued that a second person at the apartment Smith was found at was never properly questioned.

The man had given a fake name to officers the night of the shooting. He was wanted on warrants from Minnesota for armed robbery. He was charged and plead guilty to false information to law enforcement.

Haug says he attempted to question the man at a later day, but he refused to talk without a lawyer.

The defense says Smith and his girlfriend at the time were sleeping in the living room of the apartment.

Police say they found a 40 caliber bullet in the bedroom of the apartment.

A gun was never recovered in the investigation.

Smith is being charged for attempted murder, reckless endangerment, two counts of aggravated assault, and manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to distribute and imitation controlled substance.

The trial is scheduled to conclude on Friday.