Trial pushed back in Rolette County murder case

ROLLA, N.D. – The trial for a Rolette man charged in a fatal shooting in July 2018 has been continued.

Ronald Wootan faces a series of charges in two case files, including murder.

Wootan was supposed to stand trial in Rolla starting Tuesday, but the courts approved a last-minute continuance.

The 50-year-old Wootan is accused of killing 26-year-old James “Joe” Pochant, and of firing at a SWAT truck during an ensuing standoff.

A new trial date has not been set.

He faces the chance of life in prison if convicted on the AA-felony murder charge.