Update: Ashley Hunter Denies Murder Charges

The man accused of two murders in Fargo appears in court.

35-year-old Ashley Hunter is denying charges of murder and arson.

He is being held without bail.

KVRR’s Erin Lisch is doing continuing coverage on this story and is in court.

She will bring us the latest details as they are released.


Names have been released in the double murder off of 12th Avenue North in Fargo.

In the two separate occasions, 35-year-old Ashley Hunter is facing multiple felony charges including 2 counts of murder and 1 count of arson. The maximum sentence if found guilty is life in prison without parole.

The victim identified in the murder at 319 12th Ave N is 45-year-old Clarence Flowers. Law enforcement report that Hunter and Flowers did know each other. Chief David Todd of Fargo Police said that Flowers died of stab wounds from a blunt object.

In the second murder at 1122 12th Avenue North,  the victim has been reported to be an NDSU bible study leader from the Newman Center, 24-year-old Samuel Traut.

According to law enforcement, Traut died of blunt force trauma, the murder weapon has been said to be a hammer.

Allegedly murdering Traut, Hunter was said to be under the influence of methamphetamine, and had no connection with the 24-year-old.

Hunter is schedule to make his first court appearance Wednesday at  1:30.