LOGAN — A judge has ordered a former Idaho man, accused of attempting to shoot his ex-girlfriend in the head, be transferred to another jail as his three week jury trial is rescheduled for December.
Andrew Lesky appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning for a pre-trial conference. Lawyers from both sides told Judge Brian Cannell that delays in ballistic reports have delayed their preparations for the trial, which was originally scheduled for June.
Lesky was arrested in October 2014, after reportedly trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment. It is also alleged he threatened her and another man with a handgun and a knife. He’s was being held in the Cache County Jail on a $750,000 bail.
During Tuesday’s appearance, Judge Cannell granted defense attorney Shannon Demler’s request to transfer Lesky to the Box Elder County Jail, surprising prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies.
Later, state attorney Spencer Walsh said he was aware that Lesky had been threatening and struggling with deputies in the jail, but he was surprised by the judge’s order to move him.
Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck oversees the jail and was also surprised with the order. He said they hadn’t asked to have Lesky moved. He felt deputies had been able to handle him even though he had made multiple threats to jail staff and vandalized his cell.
Lesky had been in lockdown and was charged with damaging jail property, a third-degree felony and throwing an object at a corrections officer, a class A misdemeanor. He faces a total of nine felonies and 17 misdemeanors with more charges pending.
Walsh said he doesn’t care where Lesky is jailed as long as he is unable to post bail.
Doyle predicted even though a judge has ordered the transfer, Box Elder County Sheriff’s deputies could send Lesky back to Cache County if he causes problems there. “The guy just can’t behave,” said Doyle.
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