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Majerle hearing delayed

A Cloquet woman charged in Carlton County Court Jan. 8 with attempted murder in the first degree in the shooting of her estranged husband will have her omnibus hearing Jan. 30 instead of Jan. 16.

A Cloquet woman charged in Carlton County Court Jan. 8 with attempted murder in the first degree in the shooting of her estranged husband will have her omnibus hearing Jan. 30 instead of Jan. 16.

Marie Margaret Majerle, 36, is accused of going to the Cloquet home of her husband, Richard Alan Majerle, 38, Jan. 6 and, after they had spent some time together, confronting him in the sauna with a semi-automatic rifle.

Richard Majerle was listed in serious condition at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center after the incident but officials believe he has now been released from the hospital.

Marie Majerle is also charged with removing or altering a serial number on a firearm.

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler said the omnibus hearing for Marie Majerle originally scheduled for Wednesday had been rescheduled to 9 a.m. Jan. 30. Majerle will be represented by Sixth Judicial District chief public defender Fred Friedman.

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As of Tuesday, Cloquet police had not located Marie Majerle's ex-husband, John Edwin Bemis III, who was reported missing by his family Jan. 9. Marie Majerle had been staying with Bemis. Police had searched his home Jan. 7 - following the Jan. 6 shooting - and found a drill press with fresh metal shavings "consistent with the gun where the serial numbers were shaved off," according to Pertler.

Police said Bemis is not a suspect in the case at this time, but he is wanted for further questioning as a possible witness.

Bemis is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes. Authorities said they believe Bemis is traveling in a 2005 red GMC Sierra extended-cab pickup truck with a Minnesota "Support Our Troops" license plate numbered 140DH and has a 2009 red Kawasaki Enduro motorcycle with Minnesota plates 60170MG.

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