Detective testifies in attempted murder case

Charges against a 29-year-old Hastings man accused of trying to kill a Hastings police detective while escaping arrest were sent this morning to the district court.

Adams County Judge Timothy Hoeft bound over the case against Marty Deckert of 901 Franklin Ave. No. 102 after a preliminary hearing.

Deckert faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, resisting arrest using a deadly weapon, operating a vehicle to avoid arrest and escape using force or a deadly weapon.

Sgt. Paul Weber testified this morning that he saw Deckert’s vehicle and later learned Deckert had an active warrant for his arrest in another case.
When Weber went to find the vehicle, it was gone. After some searching, Weber found Deckert in a backyard at the corner of Wabash Avenue and Paul Street with his wife and two children.

Weber testified he knew Deckert from previous encounters and told him there was a warrant for his arrest. Deckert, who was carrying one child, seemed to be compliant, but asked to give his children a hug. Weber agreed.

Deckert sat down in a Dodge Neon with his feet outside the vehicle and hugged the child.
After a minute or two, Weber testified he told Deckert it was time to go and warned Deckert to not do “anything stupid.”

“I had a feeling he was going to do something and, sure enough, he did,” Weber testified.

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