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Trial for Defendants in Jamaican Lottery Scam Put on Hold

The trial is expected to last three weeks

  BISMARCK, ND — The trial for 10 people who are accused of tricking mostly American seniors out of millions of dollars in a Jamaican Lottery scam has been put on hold. Federal Judge Dan Hovland has rescheduled the trial to January 22nd of 2018 because one of the defendant’s attorneys says he needs more time to prepare. The trial…

Woman Accused of Shooting at DAPL Officers Out of Jail and Awaiting Trial

Fallis is pleading not guilty to weapons and civil disorder charges

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The Denver woman accused of shooting at authorities during the protests in Morton County for the Dakota Access pipeline is moving out of jail and into Fargo. A federal judge granted a request by 38-year-old Red Fawn Fallis to move into a halfway house while she waits for her December 5th trial. Fallis is pleading…

Dru Sjodin’s Autopsy Evidence Under Dispute in Death Penalty Appeal

Linda Walker, Sjodin's mother, has sat in on every hearing since the appeal started on Tuesday

FARGO, N.D. — Forensic scientists are disputing autopsy evidence in the death penalty appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez. One of Rodriguez’s former attorneys took the stand. Forensic experts are disputing male DNA tests done by Dr. Michael McGee when he performed the initial autopsy on UND student Dru Sjodin. Those tests came back positive. This ultimately led to the rape conviction…

FTC Hoping to Block Sanford Health’s Buyout of Mid Dakota Clinic in Bismarck

The administrative trial is set to begin in November

  BISMARCK, ND — A major blow to the latest proposed merger involving Sanford Health. The Federal Trade Commission is going to court to block the company’s buyout of Mid Dakota Clinic in Bismarck. The FTC and North Dakota Attorney General have filed a complaint in federal court to stop the deal. It says the merger would reduce competition and…

Moorhead Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing, Torturing Cats

If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man accused of torturing and killing three cats has pleaded not guilty. Jalan Greer, 23, will stand trial starting July 25 for three counts of felony mistreatment of animals. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison. Court documents say police were called to Greer’s apartment in January on a report of a…

The Jeronimo Yanez Trial: Defense Rests, Closing Arguments Monday

Yanez took the stand in his own defense and testified why he decided to make a traffic stop on Castile's car

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The defense has rested their case in the trial of Jeronimo Yanez over the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. Yanez, a St. Anthony police officer, sais he was “scared to death” just before he opened fire and killed Castile. Yanez took the stand in his own defense and testified why he decided to make a traffic…

The Jeronimo Yanez Trial: Prosecution Expert Says Castile Was Not a Threat

Jeffrey Noble testified in the manslaughter trial of Jeronimo Yanez

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — An expert on police use of force says a St. Anthony police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile has no reason to believe the motorist was a threat. Jeffrey Noble testified in the manslaughter trial of Jeronimo Yanez. Noble says Yanez’s actions were unreasonable and he should have acted differently. A Hennepin County medical examiner…

Jeronimo Yanez Trial: Key Piece of Evidence Shows Yanez Doesn’t See Gun on Castile

The audiotape is key evidence in Officer Jeronimo Yanez's manslaughter trial

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Anthony police officer on trial for fatally shooting a black man can be heard saying on audio that he doesn’t know where Philando Castile’s gun was. The audiotape is key evidence in Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s manslaughter trial. He’s accused of killing 32-year-old Castile last July in a St. Paul suburb. Castile had a…

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…

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…