LE CENTER -- The case of the Elk River man charged with the murder of a woman last October in Kasota has been delayed due to an oversight by his attorney.
Longtime public defender Anthony Nerud apologized to the judge today after disclosing he failed to order the transcription of the grand jury proceedings for his client Tyler Wicklund.
"I'm responsible" Nerud told Judge Thomas McCarthy Tuesday afternoon in court. Nerud says he "made a mistake" by not "diligently making arrangements" for the transcripts.
A sympathetic McCarthy accepted Nerud's apology, saying he understood the case loads of Minnesota public defenders and Nerud’s recent health issues.
Nerud says it could be up to two months to have the grand jury transcripts completed.
An omnibus hearing for Wicklund has been set for September 13th. The start of his trial is set for October 10.
Nerud told the judge that any issues that may be contested would come only from the grand jury proceedings.
Due to the oversight and delays, prosecutors asked Wicklund to waive his right to a speedy trial.
All briefs would need to be in on or before the September omnibus hearing.
As the hearing came to a close, Judge McCarthy asked Nerud the "odds of resolution."
Nerud requested he answer that question in chambers.
The 23-year-old Wicklund faces six counts from the grand jury, including three counts of First Degree Murder.
Investigators claim Wicklund and his ex-girlfriend went to her apartment last October. He slit her throat and fled with the young child they share.
Wicklund went to Elk River where he told his grandmother he killed Buboltz.