Cloquet man pleads not guilty in stabbing incidentTwenty-year-old Steven Ross Shotley of Cloquet pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of assault and one count of first-degree burglary.
Twenty-year-old Steven Ross Shotley of Cloquet pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of assault and one count of first-degree burglary.
Jessi Marie Lees, 27, of Moose Lake is charged with the same crimes for allegedly aiding and abetting Shotley. Lees reportedly drove Shotley away from the crime scene. Her attorney requested a two-week continuance on her hearing, pushing her omnibus hearing to Sept. 29.
According to the complaint, Shotley broke into an apartment located in a building known as the Carroll Inn on Elm Street in Moose Lake where John Erliz and his girlfriend, Andrea Boseovski, were sleeping. The two reportedly awoke around 12:45 a.m. to the sound of Shotley kicking in their front door.
Shotley allegedly then went into their bedroom and began stabbing Erlitz using a knife with a 4.5- inch blade. When Shotley warned the two to stay still, Boseovski ignored his command and instead pushed past Shotley and ran out of the apartment. She located a neighbor who then called 911.
In the meantime, another neighbor spotted Boseovski running out of the apartment, followed soon after by Shotley, who was still wrestling with a bloodied Erlitz. According to court reports, when the neighbor observed Shotley strike Erlitz with a crowbar, the neighbor managed to pry the tool out of Shotley’s hand.
At that point, Shotley reportedly ran down the fire escape to a waiting car with Lees at the wheel, and the two drove away.
When officers from the Moose Lake Police Department and the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene, they saw Erlitz standing in the hallway of the building, covered in blood and with lacerations to his neck, shoulders and arms and blunt trauma marks on his back.
Upon learning the license plate number of the vehicle from witnesses, officers caught up with Shotley and Lees on County Road 6 near Barnum. After detaining the vehicle, officers arrested Shotley and Lees, discovering bloody clothing in the car and later uncovering the knife on the bed of the apartment as well.
The victim was treated and released shortly after the stabbing.
Shotley’s next court appearance is Oct. 15.
Both Shotley and Lees remain in the Carlton County Jail.
(Some of the information in this story was included with permission from KBJR-The Northland’s News Center in Duluth.)