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Murder charges reduced against North Platte man (UPDATED, 6 p.m. Thursday)Tell North Platte what you think
 
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Todd M. Warren

Charges were lowered in court Thursday against a man under investigation for attempted murder after a reported violent night on East Sixth St.

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Todd M. Warren, 46, of North Platte was charged Thursday afternoon with terroristic threats, resisting an officer and attempted assault.

His bond was set at $10,000. Warren requested a public defender.

In court Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Austin Leighty said that an attempted murder charge is still being investigated by the police department and a habitual criminal charge is a possibility also.

Warren was initially suspected of attempted first-degree murder after a midnight uproar in 2300 block of East Sixth.

A resident there told police he was assaulted by Warren and had to fight off a machete attack by another man, who he didn't know.

As police and prosecutors learned more Thursday, the attempted murder charge did not stick in court, although it is still a possibility, Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Austin Leighty said.

Leighty also said Warren could be charged with being an habitual criminal too.


Fracas

Police went to the 2300 block of East Sixth around midnight Wednesday to investigate a report of a man pounding on the house and trying to break windows out of the car.

When they arrived, they found the caller and Warren outside on the ground struggling. Warren got up and ran away, so police gave chase. At one point, Warren turned on the pursuing officer but he was subdued after a brief struggle, North Platte police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

The 51-year-old victim told police that Warren and another man he didn't know first came to his home and tried to break the windshield of his car.

He said Warren left and then returned several minutes later, at which time he heard what sounded like fireworks outside his mobile home.

The resident went outside where he said Warren and the other man began attacking him.

The victim said that while Warren punched, kicked and choked him, the other man tried to hit him several times with a large, machete-style knife.

The resident said he was able to fend off the knife. He said Warren threatened to kill him.

Police found the second man Thursday and questioned him, but his story contradicted the story of the mobile home resident.

The second man was not charged, Brown said.

Warren was initially charged for attempted first-degree murder and resisting arrest, but Brown said the murder charge was reduced to attempted second-degree murder after the second man was questioned.

Later, in court, Leighty pressed lesser charges of assault and terroristic threats.

Brown said that Warren had deep cuts on his right hand. Police first took him to the emergency room at Great Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment, and then to jail.

The name of the second man was not released.

Warren has been arrested 1-4 times each year for the last 12 years, including a shoplifting charge on Dec. 20, according to Lincoln County records. His longest stint in jail was 276 days in 2010-11 when he faced several charges, including assault with a weapon, shoplifting, theft and indecent exposure.


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