Trial date set for man accused of kidnapping


Staff Writer

A man accused of kidnapping a woman, along with four other felonies, will get his day in court this summer now that his trial date was set at a Wednesday morning pretrial conference.

John Robert Straight, 43, Minot, is charged with kidnapping, a Class A felony; and four Class C felonies composed of two charges of aggravated assault, preventing arrest or discharge of other duties and terrorizing.

The hearing was only about 10 minutes long but during it Northwest Judicial District Judge William McLees scheduled a two-day trial to begin on July 15. A status conference, which is a meeting where requests for new dates can be made, is scheduled for June 27 at 11:30 a.m.

Straight still did very little talking and his voice was barely audible when he did. Straight claimed he is suffering from throat cancer during his arraignment in late December, a claim seemingly backed up by his attorney, Marquis Bradshaw, of the Minot and Grand Forks-based firm Rosenquist & Arnason, PLLP.

Straight’s charges stem from a series of incidents on Nov. 15, 2013.

Police affidavits submitted for the case allege that police visited an East Burdick Expressway car dealership that day when an employee claimed that a man was beating a woman in the lot. One officer claimed he saw a man pinching a woman repeatedly in the face in a white van and that when a man later identified as Straight pulled the woman out of the van the officer noted that the victim “had a bloody face and was yelling at the man to leave her alone.”

Straight and the woman left the dealership in a different vehicle but were located on 16th Street Southeast where more beatings allegedly occurred before Straight allegedly turned his attention to the officer. He allegedly attempted to assault the officer before being arrested.

The other assault charge comes from an alleged altercation with an employee of the car dealership.

The woman allegedly beaten by Straight claims that he had come to her residence earlier that day, demanded to be let in, and then dragged her out while repeatedly saying “that he was going to take her out in the country and tie her to (a) tree and leave her to die.”