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Rupert Field Worker who Shot Another Moved to District Court

RUPERT, Idaho (AP) — A 36-year-old farm worker charged with shooting another man in the leg in a south-central Idaho potato field has been bound over for trial in 5th District Court.

The Times-News reports that a Minidoka County Magistrate Court judge made the ruling Wednesday at a preliminary hearing involving Rogelio Munoz Chavez of Paul. He’s charged with felony-aggravated battery. Thirty-one-year-old Encornacion Duarte-Jabalera testified the two men had an argument on Oct. 8 sparked by a dead radio and a stuck vehicle.

He said that Chavez pushed him, and that he punched Chavez. Duarte-Jabalera said that later he got down from the tractor he was driving when Chavez drove up in his vehicle, and Chavez shot him. Chavez told police he pointed the gun at his feet hoping to avoid a fight.

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