Judge denies emergency motions and orders Andrew Lesky to prepare for attempted murder trial

Andrew Lesky, 43, arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony and two felony counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

LOGAN — A judge has denied several emergency motions and ordered Andrew Lesky to finish preparations for his trial next month on attempted aggravated murder and other charges.

The rulings came in 1st District Court Tuesday morning, during Lesky’s final pre-trial conference. Prior to calling the case, attorneys for both sides met in Judge Brian Cannell’s chambers for 30-minutes, reportedly discussing how the trial would proceed.

Lesky was arrested in October 2014 after allegedly trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment. He also threatened her and another man with a handgun and a knife. Prosecutors later filed charges that he had earlier tried to strangle her in September. He faces a total of 10 felonies and 17 misdemeanors. He is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail.

During Tuesday’s hearing, defense attorney Chad Hutchings said Lesky had given him two emergency motions, one claiming that jail deputies were using cruel and unusual punishment on him. The second motion was a request for Lesky to be a co-counsel during the trial, which would have allowed him to directly question witnesses and the victims in the case.

Judge Brian Cannell denied both motions and said he was concerned that they were submitted against his previous ruling, that all motions must be filed through attorney Hutchings.

Tuesday was not the first time Lesky has tried to file motions on his behalf.

In January, Lesky filed a writs of habeas corpus to argue he was being treated unfairly by deputies and should be transferred to a different jail. He also requested the county attorney’s office be removed as prosecutors in the case, claiming they had illegally intercepted private letters between him and his then attorney, Shannon Demler.

Later in June, Lesky again filed three more motions that included requests to dismiss his charges, change the venue and relocate him to the Box Elder County Jail. He again claimed jail staff were monitoring his private phone calls to his attorney and unfairly targeting him. Also that the amount of media coverage surrounding his case made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.

In both instances, Judge Cannell found no evidence that Lesky was being treated unlawfully or that his right to a fair trial was violated.

The three-week jury trial is scheduled to begin October 11.

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