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May 9, 2014

Deadly force, drug charges filed

Passenger in suspect's car released

MANKATO — A Mankato man facing first-degree assault charges for allegedly attempting to run over a deputy demanded a speedy trial Friday.

Marlow Shelton McDonald, 31, made the unusual demand without assistance from a public defender who was representing him during the bail hearing. Blue Earth County District Court Judge Bradley Walker told McDonald the speedy trial demand would have to come during a later hearing.

The judge ordered McDonald's bail be set at $350,000.

He was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly attempted to escape while being arrested by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force. Task force agents had used an informant to buy methamphetamine from McDonald five different times in April, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. About $1,200 in marked cash was used to buy about 14 grams of meth, the agents reported.

Another man who was arrested with McDonald, 30-year-old Abdullahi Mohamoud Mohamed, has been released. Charges are not being requested for Mohamed, said sheriff's Capt. Rich Murry. He only was arrested because investigators suspected he might have been driving the Chrysler 300M car that was shot at after it allegedly sped toward deputy Brian Martin.

Task force agents were monitoring McDonald's location Wednesday and asked for assistance from two Blue Earth County sheriff's deputies when McDonald was located at apartments along West Lind Street in Mankato. The agents pulled behind the car and Martin pulled in front of the car to force it to stop.

The officers reported McDonald slammed into Martin's marked squad car, then backed into the undercover vehicle and hit Martin's car again before speeding away, the complaint said. Martin, who got out of his car after it was hit the first time, reported he tripped and fell as he attempted to back away as the car drove toward him.

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