Murder

Dunseith Man Making Plea in Alleged Attempted Murder of Rolette County Deputy

During a struggle Marion grabbed Benning's gun and pointed it toward the officer and fired twice

ROLETTE COUNTY, ND — A Dunseith man accused of trying to kill a Rolette County deputy in February has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. Authorities allege Deputy Keith Benning was trying to arrest Michael Marion after a vehicle chase. They say during a struggle, Marion grabbed Benning’s gun and pointed it toward the officer and fired twice. Benning wasn’t…

Trial Scheduled for Rapid City Man Accused in Killing of C-Store Clerk

A 17-year-old co-defendant is asking to move his case to juvenile court

  RAPID CITY, SD — A Rapid City man accused of killing a convenience store clerk during a robbery is scheduled for trial in December. Cody Grady, 19, is charged with first-degree murder or manslaughter in the January stabbing death of 45-year-old Kasie Lord at the Loaf `N Jug. He’s also charged with aiding and abetting first-degree robbery of grand…

Bond Set for Man Charged in Williston Shooting

Bond is set for Minot man accused of killing man in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. – Bond has been set at $2 million for a Minot man accused of killing a man in Williston. Twenty-seven-year-old Alex Eggleston is charged with murder in the shooting Friday of 43-year-old Vance Neset. He could face life in prison if convicted. Authorities say Eggleston allegedly approached Neset and another man outside a hotel and was rejected when…

Killer of Moose Lake Teen Moved to Minimum Security Prison

Blom is convicted of kidnapping 19-year-old convenience store clerk Katie Poirier in 1999

  OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. — The man serving a life sentence for the murder of a Moose Lake teen in 1999 is on the move. Donald Blom, 68, is moving from a maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights to a minimum-security prison in Faribault, Minnesota. Blom is convicted of kidnapping 19-year-old convenience store clerk Katie Poirier in 1999. He…

Crookston Woman Pleads Guilty in Red River Valley Meth Trafficking Ring

The murder investigation uncovered a large meth trafficking ring in the Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, ND — A Crookston woman has pleaded guilty for her role in a drug related murder in Grand Forks. Lorie Ortiz, 42, admitted that she was involved in attempting to destroy evidence after Austin Forsman was killed in the parking lot of Flying J. The murder investigation uncovered a large meth trafficking ring in the Red River Valley….

Killing of Minot State University Student Remains a 10 Year Mystery

No one has been arrested or charged in the case, a fact that bothers family members and law enforcement

MINOT, ND — The case of a slain 18-year-old student at Minot State University remains a mystery 10 years later. Anita Knutson was found stabbed to death in her apartment on June 4, 2007. No one has been arrested or charged in the case, a fact that bothers family members and law enforcement. Dave Goodman, the lead investigator, says no…

The Ashley Hunter Trial: Guilty on All Counts

Ashley Hunter is found guilty for the murder of Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut

FARGO, ND — Ashley Hunter has been found guilty in the murders of two Fargo men in 2015. Hunter is also guilty on an arson charge after he attempted to burn down one of the victim’s homes to cover up his crime. In under three hours, the jury found Ashley Hunter guilty of killing Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut in…

Newman Center Honors Murder Victim With Award In His Honor

The double murder trial of Ashley Hunter will continue Tuesday after the Memorial Day weekend

FARGO, ND– The double murder trial of Ashley Hunter will continue Tuesday after the Memorial Day weekend. It is on the minds of many students who knew one of the victims. Sam Traut was a leader to many at the Newman Center, a Catholic Students’ group right across the street from NDSU. “So this is Sam’s picture from when he…

Ashley Hunter’s Trial Continues with Former Partner Taking the Stand

Megan Wartman takes the witness stand in the Hunter murder trial

FARGO, N.D. — The double murder trial of Ashley Hunter ends its first week after hearing from a witness who says she was there when it started.  Hunter’s former partner, Megan Wartman, took the witness stand this morning. Wartman claims to have been in the house at the time of Clarence Flower’s death. She says Hunter tried to frame her…

The Ashley Hunter Trial: Prosecution’s Confession Tape and Detective’s Testimony

Hunter's defense attorney challenges the validity of a video tape confession

FARGO, ND — Double–murder suspect Ashley Hunter was back in court as jurors heard a key piece of evidence, a confession on videotape. The defense attacked the credibility of the tape and of the detectives on the case. The prosecution presented a three hour long video tape of an interview with Ashley Hunter, where he admits to the crime on tape….