Associated Press , Published October 14 2013
Tests ordered for convict in ND conspiracy caseWILLISTON, N.D. — A man convicted in Williston of offering cash for a hit on an associate in the meth trade will undergo a psychological examination and a drug and alcohol evaluation before he's sentenced.
The Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/GXukGA) that Judge Joshua Rustad ordered both tests for Billy Owens, who was convicted last Thursday of leading a criminal organization and conspiring to commit aggravated assault.
Prosecutors say Owens paid Paul Huckstep $1,500 in May 2012 to assault Kenneth Moore, who was shot multiple times and is paralyzed from the chest down.
Prosecutor Nathan Madden requested the pre-sentence tests on Friday. Defense attorney Nicole Foster objected, but Rustad said he found both tests relevant. He also refused to lower Owens' $1 million bond.
A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
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