The case of two men charged with attempted murder of a state wildlife officer has been moved from Iron County to Washington County for prosecution.
Kenneth Lee Randall, 42, and Milford Renner, 41, both Pinto, appeared before 5th Circuit Judge Robert Braithwaite for a preliminary hearing on charges of attempted homicide and production of marijuana. Randall also is charged with escape.Defense attorneys requested and Braithwaite granted a change of venue for the proceedings.
The case was transferred to the court of 5th Circuit Judge Robert Owens in St. George because the pair was arrested just inside the Washington County boundary, said Iron County Attorney Scott Burns.
Randall and Renner are charged with firing a shotgun June 9 at Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer Doug Messerly, who was not injured.
Messerly was investigating an abandoned vehicle wrecked on a mountain road and was trying to question the pair, authorities said. He tried to follow them to their cabin and was denied entry and then allegedly fired on.
Iron County Sheriff Ira Schopp-mann said arrangements were being made to transfer the suspects to the Washington County Jail.
Randall is being held on $200,000 bail and Renner on $100,000.