Rolette County murder trial continued for psychological exam

ROLLA, N.D. – A Rolette man accused of shooting and killing another man last July will undergo a neuropsychological exam before standing trial.

Prosecutors charged 50-year-old Ronald Wootan with murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old James "Joe" Pochant.

Wootan was supposed to stand trial Sept. 17, though the judge granted his attorney’s request for a continuance, according to records.

Wootan pleaded not guilty last December to five total charges across two case files. He’s also accused of firing at a SWAT truck before being apprehended.

The courts filed an order for the exam Tuesday. A new pretrial conference in the case has yet to be scheduled.

Wootan remains in custody in the Rolette County Jail, and faces the chance of life in prison if convicted on the AA-felony murder charge.