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Judge sets hearing on Hastings man's request to withdraw plea in dragging of officer

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HASTINGS, Nebraska — A Hastings man has won a hearing on his request to withdraw his pleas to charges stemming from the dragging of a police officer.

The hearing has been scheduled March 24 for 30-year-old Marty Deckert. He'd accepted a plea deal on charges of attempted second-degree murder and other crimes. Other charges were dismissed. Authorities say Deckert tried to avoid arrest in July by speeding away in a car while dragging a police officer.

At his sentencing hearing on Friday, Deckert told a judge that he wanted a new attorney and said, "I may be guilty of some things that happened that day, but not enough to go to prison." The judge denied Deckert's request for a new court-appointed attorney but set the hearing on Deckert's request to withdraw his pleas.

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