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Third man appears on attempted murder charge for March incident

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- The third man accused of attempting to run over and kill a 27-year-old man on March 26 in Cedar Mills appeared in court Thursday on charges of second-degree attempted murder and assault.

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Unconditional bail was set at $800,000 for Bruce John Johnson, 25, of Hutchinson. Conditional bail was allowed for $400,000. His next appearance is April 20 in Meeker County District Court.

Jeremy Jon Hoff, 26, of Bird Island, and Alexander David Jensen, 26, of Dassel, were arrested last week in connection to the case. Hoff faces one count of third-degree attempted murder and two counts of second-degree assault.

He allegedly drove a pickup that nearly struck the man and is accused of assaulting him with a hammer. Jensen faces two second-degree assault charges for allegedly standing by with a metal pipe as Hoff beat the man with a hammer.

According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the alleged victim was treated at Meeker Memorial Hospital.

According to the complaint against Johnson, he drove a Cadillac STS that hit the man's car and used the car as a weapon to harm the man. The man told investigators he recognized Johnson as the driver. The car was later discovered at the home of a friend of Johnson's and it appeared that Johnson had stayed at the residence without permission.

Johnson is on supervised release in McLeod County for a felony conviction of first-degree controlled substance crime from May 2007.

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