Hovland wrote that a change of venue from Bismarck to Fargo “is warranted beneath the circumstances,” however not for shifting the trial out of state.
“The alleged acts on this case occurred in North Dakota; thus, venue in North Dakota is correct,” Hovland wrote.
Fallis, 38, has pleaded harmless to federal expenses, together with felony counts of civil dysfunction, discharge of a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence, and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Her expenses stem from the Oct. 27 incident when she allegedly fired a gun 3 times as officers tried to arrest her for disorderly conduct close to a DAPL protest camp in Morton County.
She has been on the Stutsman County Correctional Middle awaiting launch to a midway home in Fargo, pending out there mattress area, as Hovland granted in June.
Jessica Beheler, media coordinator for the Water Protector Authorized Collective in Mandan, lauded Hovland’s order.
“WPLC could be very happy Purple Fawn’s movement has been granted, giving her a a lot wanted and truthful benefit in courtroom,” she stated Wednesday.
Fallis’s December trial might last as long as 4 days, in response to courtroom paperwork.