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Published June 07, 2011, 03:32 PM

New Details on Fargo Cinema Shooting; Suspect Appears in Court

The 44-year-old Dilworth man accused in a shooting Sunday afternoon at the West Acres 14 Cinema appeared this morning for the first time on charges of attempted murder and three other felonies.

By: Dave Roepke, Forum Communications

FARGO – The 44-year-old Dilworth man accused in a shooting Sunday afternoon at the West Acres 14 Cinema appeared this morning for the first time on charges of attempted murder and three other felonies.

Felipe Estrada made the appearance in Cass County District Court this morning after the charges were filed, and Judge Steven McCullough set a cash-only bail of $500,000.

Reid Brady, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney, had asked for $500,000, citing the serious nature of the charges. Appearing in court via closed-circuit TV from the Cass County Jail, Estrada offered no defense in favor of a lesser amount.

The charge of attempted murder is linked to one of the two men who police say were injured in the incident – Juan Carlos Garza, 42, of Fargo, who was shot at least twice in the torso.

The aggravated assault charge alleges Estrada hit the other injured man – Charles David Roskom, 32, of Fargo – in the head with the butt of a handgun.

Both Garza and Roskom are being treated at Essentia Health, but their medical conditions haven’t been publicized. Roskom needed surgery for a possible skull fracture after the incident, according to a police report filed with the charges.

Estrada is also accused of firing shots at DeShawn Stodola, an ex-girlfriend he was recently dating.

Stodola told police she was with Garza, who is her ex-husband, when Estrada drove up outside the mall theater and began to shoot at them before running out of bullets, the report filed with the charges states.

Estrada faces two counts of reckless endangerment, one for allegedly shooting at Stodola and another for shooting at the occupied movie theater.

The attempted murder charge is a Class A felony punishable upon conviction by up to 20 years, with a mandatory requirement to serve at least 85 percent of the imposed sentence.

The other three charges are Class C felonies carrying a mandatory minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of five years.

The mandatory penalties spurred the only question from Estrada, as he asked: “What is a minimum?”

If he were to make bail, Estrada can’t contact or come within 300 yards of the injured men or Stodola.

His next court appearance was set for July 7.

Roepke is a reporter at the Forum in Fargo

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