Plea hearing set in case of man who fled county
A Sept. 13 plea hearing is set for a Hubbard County man who fled the county for two months following a shooting incident May 21 near Akeley.
Joshua Wayne Herdina, 35, formerly of Akeley, was arrested by Cass County authorities about a month ago, Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer said.
Herdina may enter into a plea bargain in the case, according to the court docket. He is charged with Second Degree Assault and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the criminal complaint. He made his second court appearance Monday in Hubbard County District Court.
On that day in May a man went to Herdina's father's residence near Akeley to retrieve some property the victim claimed belonged to him.
As the man pulled into the driveway, he heard two gunshots, according to the criminal complaint. "He observed Joshua Wayne Herdina pointing a handgun at him as he walked toward him," the complaint states. "While (the victim) was attempting to leave the property Joshua Herdina began shooting" at him. "It is estimated that Joshua Herdina shot at (the victim) six times, with one of the bullets going through the windshield and lodging in the dashboard of (the victim's) car."
Herdina has an extensive criminal record including convictions for DWI, fleeing, assault and making terroristic threats.