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The Ashley Hunter Trial: Prosecution, Defense Rests; Closing Arguments to Begin

Without presenting any witnesses, the defense rests just minutes after prosecution wraps up

FARGO, ND — The prosecution in the Ashley Hunter double-murder trial rests its case after nearly two weeks in court. But the defense responded with silence. Attorneys were seen quietly huddling around murder suspect Ashley Hunter. Without calling any witnesses to the stand, the defense’s turn to present their case came to an abrupt end. “Your honor, the state at…

Ashley Hunter Trial: Defense Says Neighbor’s Testimony Doesn’t Add Up

Sorensen said she saw an African-American man walk up to the door and heard a loud struggle inside the home before the alarms went off

FARGO, ND — A neighbor to the second alleged murder victim of Ashley Hunter described her experience during the night it all happened. But defense attorneys say her testimony does not add up. Debra Sorensen said she heard smoke alarms go off next door just after midnight. When the alarms didn’t stop, she called 911. “911, what’s your emergency?” asked…

Judge Considering Prince’s Siblings as Potential Heirs

Prince left no known will when he died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April 2016

  CHANHASSEN, Minn. — A Minnesota judge says he’ll take a request that Prince’s six siblings be declared his lawful heirs under advisement. The judge had said in January he wouldn’t declare the heirs of the late rock superstar until appeals run their course. But lawyers for Prince’s sister and five half-siblings don’t want to wait, saying any further delays…

Defense Attorney Wants Out of Jamaican Lottery Scam Case

Goff says he can no longer "communicate effectively'' with Willocks

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Defense attorney John Goff says he can no longer work with his Jamaican lottery-scam client. Goff has filed a motion to withdraw from Lavrick Willocks’ case. Willocks is accused of bilking more than 70 mostly elderly Americans, including a North Dakota woman, out of over five and a half million dollars. Goff says he can no…

Justice Department Releases Review of Jamar Clark Shooting Aftermath

The county prosecutor and the U.S. attorney both declined to charge the two officers involved

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Justice Department’s review is in on how Minneapolis handled the aftermath of the Jamar Clark shooting. Clark’s death in a confrontation with two officers sparked weeks of protests that were largely peaceful, though one on November included skirmishes between officers and demonstrators. The review found the city didn’t have a coordinated response to the 18…

Attorneys for Officer Charged in Killing of Philando Castile Want Change of Venue

Yanez shot Castile seven times during a July traffic stop in Falcon Heights

  RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. — Attorneys for the police officer charged with killing Philando Castile want a change of venue. They don’t think their client, St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez, can get a fair trial in Ramsey County. He has been charged with manslaughter. Yanez shot Castile seven times during a July traffic stop in Falcon Heights. Castile’s girlfriend streamed…

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Killing His Fergus Falls Father

Jurors listened to a 911 call made on the day of the killing who told authorities her son had shot his father

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The trial is underway for a man accused of killing his father in Fergus Falls. Dustin Defiel’s attorney says there’s not enough evidence to prove that he killed his father. The body of Rick Defiel was found in his house east of Fergus Falls last June. Jurors listened to a 911 call on that day from…

Paralyzed Man Reaches $3 Million Settlement with Trampoline Park

AirMaxx Trampoline Park to pay $3 million to a man paralyzed after jumping into foam pit.

Attorneys say a St. Cloud trampoline park will pay $3 million to a Brainerd man after reaching a settlement. Anthony Seitz became paralyzed in August of 2015 after jumping into a foam pit at the AirMaxx Trampoline Park. Reports say Seitz signed a waiver before playing there with his 11-year-old son, but his lawsuit claims AirMaxx was negligent. An attorney…

Prosecutors in Rodriguez Appeal Hoping to Speak with Past Attorney

Prosecutors say Rodriguez's former defense attorney is not responding to their request to talk

Prosecutors involved in the final appeal of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. are asking a judge to allow them to interview a West Fargo attorney with intimate knowledge of his 2006 trial. Prosecutors say Robert Hoy, who was one of Rodriguez’s defense attorneys won’t respond to their requests for a deposition. Rodriguez is currently on death row for the kidnapping and murder…