Trial begins for man accused of trying to kill ex-girlfriend

Andrew Lesky, 43, arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony and two felony counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

LOGAN — The jury trial for Andrew J. Lesky began Tuesday, almost two years after the 45-year-old Preston, Idaho, man was first arrested for allegedly trying to murder his ex-girlfriend.

The trial, in First District Court, began with the selection of ten jurors, five men and five women.

During opening statements, state attorney Tony Baird described the defendant as a chronic liar, who was controlling and abusive. He explained how on the evening of October 26, 2014, Lesky confronted the woman and another man, who were sitting outside a home near 75 East 600 North.

Baird said as Lesky walked toward the two people, he pulled a handgun from his sweatshirt, pointed it at the woman’s head and pulled the trigger. The gun allegedly misfired.

“Call it luck, call it grace that she is alive,” said Baird.

Public defender Chad Hutchings told the jurors, the victim’s and other witnesses’ accounts that night are full of contradictions. He said there was no way Lesky pulled the trigger.

Lesky has been charged with 10 felonies and 17 misdemeanors. The trial is only for six of those felonies including one count of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies. He could face up to life in prison if found guilty.

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