A suspect in a shooting that took place in downtown Austin early on the morning of Saturday, July 1st that sent two men to the hospital is pleading not guilty in Mower County District Court.
Officers from the Austin Police Department responded to a reported assault in the Plaza Parking Lot in downtown Austin at approximately 12:37 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, July 1st. Officers located a male victim there who appeared to have been shot in the shoulder and leg. The victim was treated by the officers, along with the Austin Fire Department, before being turned over to Mayo Clinic Ambulance personnel. Chief of Police Dave McKichan stated in a report that a second victim, who had suffered a non-life-threatening leg wound, would later be located seeking treatment at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin.
Officers did identify a suspect, who was located in a residence in the 200 block of 7th St. NW at 3:35 a.m. that morning. Chief McKichan stated that 29-year old Hector Ubaldo Serrano Maldonado, of Austin, was taken into custody without incident. Detectives later recovered a firearm believed to have been used during the incident.
During his initial court appearance Thursday, Maldonado pleaded not guilty to felony charges of 2nd degree murder, with intent, not premeditated, 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, substantial bodily harm, and 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon. A pretrial hearing for Maldonado, who posted $100,000 conditional bail or bond on July 3rd will be held on November 17th, with a jury trial scheduled for November 27th.