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Misrasi trial delayed again: Halliday man is charged with ramming his car into wife’s, causing life-threatening injuries

A Halliday man charged with assaulting his wife by ramming his truck into her sedan will see trial late this year after it was delayed to allow lawyers more time to prepare.

A Halliday man charged with assaulting his wife by ramming his truck into her sedan will see trial late this year after it was delayed to allow lawyers more time to prepare.

Defense attorney Ashley Holmes said she needs more time to retain an expert witness to testify on the accident report.

Southwestern Judicial District Judge Dann Greenwood ordered that discovery and final witness lists be filed by Aug. 31.

George Richard Misrasi's jury trial on a charge of Class B felony aggravated assault was originally set to begin Aug. 27, but now will be moved to November or December.

Lawyers predict the trial will last two to three days because of the complexity.

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"It's not a situation where it's a routine assault case," Dunn County Assistant State's Attorney Pat Merriman said, appearing by phone at the Tuesday hearing. "... It's a bit more complicated than that."

Investigators say Misrasi, after an argument, intentionally T-boned wife Lisa Misrasi's vehicle in northwest Halliday on Dec. 12.

At the March 20 preliminary hearing, Sgt. Ron McCloud of the Dunn County Sheriff's Office said a car crash was reported, but that when officers arrived, "it became apparent that it was a domestic assault," according to a transcript of the hearing. When McCloud approached George Misrasi and asked what happened, he replied, "We were having an argument and this is the result of it."

When McCloud asked what really happened, Misrasi demanded an attorney before answering any more questions, according to the transcript.

Lisa Misrasi told The Press previously that there was no argument, and that she got home to find her husband angry after damaging one of their business's trucks. He allegedly asked her to come look at it with him and then drove around in a way that she became cornered on a dirt road, surrounded by snow and deep embankments, she said. He then allegedly accelerated and slammed into the driver's side of her car. Lisa Misrasi told The Press she believes her husband was trying to kill her.

A Limited Collision Analysis showed the vehicle was at 100 percent acceleration and that the brakes were never activated, according to the preliminary hearing transcript. It also showed that a second before the crash, the pickup was traveling 40 mph.

Lisa Misrasi told The Press her husband has been arrested for abusing her before. From the December incident, she suffered a lacerated liver, spleen and kidney, and a broken collarbone and pelvis.

Lisa Misrasi filed for divorce in January, and that is set to go to trial in February.

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