Salamah Pendleton

Holte family shares emotional testimony at Pendleton sentencing

Pendleton took the life of his mother and Grand Forks police officer, Cody Holte

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – A Grand Forks man is sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility for parole for killing Grand Forks Police Officer,  Cody Holte and his mother Lola Moore in May 2020. Salamah Pendleton was convicted on two counts of murder in the May 2020 killings of Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte and his mother,…

Pendleton gets life sentence for killing Grand Forks police officer

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – Salamah Pendleton is sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole for killing Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte and his mother Lola Moore in May 2020. “The defendant determined his own sentences today by the many choices he made May 27, 2020. The defendant’s choices claimed his family’s 61-year-old mother and grandmother….

Update: Jury deliberating Pendleton murder trial

"Aiming for Officer Holte's legs not intending to kill. I knew that if you kill one of these guys it will take a long time getting through it."

UPDATE – The jury in the Salamah Pendleton trial has the case and were sent home around 4:30 Tuesday. They will return Wednesday morning to continue deliberating. Prosecutor Carmell Mattison says Salamah Pendleton’s state of mind was reckless and intentional. “If you recall that book that was in his living room opened up was on the page of homicide. It…

Pendleton testifies: ‘No intention’ of killing anyone

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – A man charged in the shooting deaths of his mother and Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte testified during his trial Monday in Grand Forks. Salamah Pendleton told jurors that he fired about 22 shots in self-defense after officers entered his apartment and ordered him to come out of his bedroom. Pendleton said that he…

Autopsy doctor testifies at Pendleton murder trial

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR/KNOX) – Testimony continued Friday in the murder trial of Salamah Pendleton, who’s charged in the shooting deaths of Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte and Pendleton’s mother, Lola Moore. Jurors heard from the doctor who performed autopsies on the victims.  Dr. Mark Koponen, a UND forensic pathology professor, said Holte received bullet wounds in his chest…

North Dakota BCI agents testify in Pendleton trial

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – Testimony continues in day six of the Salamah Pendleton trial. The jury heard from two North Dakota BCI agents who investigated the scene of last year’s shooting that left Grand Forks officer Cody Holte and Pendleton’s mother dead. Photos shown during Wednesday’s testimonies show how Pendleton’s apartment was marked by investigators who returned to the…

Police officers testify in Salamah Pendleton trial

"It smelled like a gun range. There were bullet holes everywhere. Like I said, the sound of running water from the water heater being shot up."

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) —The trial for a man accused of killing his mother and a Grand Forks Police Officer has ended for the week. Salamah Pendleton will be back in court Tuesday. “It smelled like a gun range. There were bullet holes everywhere. Like I said, the sound of running water from the water heater being shot up,” Grand…

Opening statements delivered, witness testimony begins in Pendleton trial

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – Opening statements are given and witness testimony begins in the trial of the man accused of killing his mother and Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte. In the prosecution’s opening arguments, prosecutor Carmell Mattison emphasized the state’s reliance on photos and videos as evidence in the trial of 42-year-old Salamah Pendleton. That was made clear…

Jury selection begins in trial of man accused of killing Grand Forks officer Cody Holte

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – Jury selection is underway in the trial of the man accused of killing Grand Forks Police officer Cody Holte last year. Forty-two-year-old Salamah Pendleton is accused of shooting and killing Holte at an apartment in Grand Forks last May while authorities were serving an eviction notice. Pendleton is also accused of shooting and killing his…