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Ashley Hunter Trial: Police Describe Scene of Second Victim

Officers who arrived on scene said they also found burnt items in the kitchen

FARGO, ND — The Ashley Hunter murder trial continues with witness testimonies and pictures of evidence. But a witness who lived next door to one of the victims had the defense aggressively question her story. Just after midnight on June 22nd, 2015, Debra Sorensen said she heard smoke alarms next door. “Through his dining room windows, I could see on the…

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…

Jurors Hear Opening Statements in Ashley Hunter Double Murder Trial

The defense said the state's timeline won't add up

FARGO, ND– A Fargo double–murder trial has begun with opening statements. Ashley Hunter’s attorney said there are missing pieces to the puzzle. The state took the jury through the events that lead to Ashley Hunter being charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson. The defense said that the timeline is incomplete and police stopped looking for…

Settlement Reached in Drowning Death of Velva Girl

The charges were filed after a probe into the June 2015 death of a girl who was supervised by an unlicensed day care worker in Velva

  NORTH DAKOTA — Three people have reached a settlement in the drowning death of a 5-year-old girl in Velva. The state will pay over $72,000 to cover the costs of defending themselves in court after charges were dropped. Julie Leer, a former lawyer for the Department of Human Services, will get $28,000. The regional Human Services director in Minot…

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…