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The Ashley Hunter Trial: Prosecution, Defense Rest on Same Day, Closing Arguments Friday

The defense only took minutes to present their case before resting

  FARGO, ND — The prosecution and defense have both rested in the double murder trial of Fargo man, Ashley Hunter. The prosecution took eight days to argue their case in front of a jury but the defense rested only minutes after the prosecution did. Hunter is accused of killing Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut, both of Fargo, as well…

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….

The Ashley Hunter Trial: Videotape Confession Challenged in Court

Ashley Hunter's defense attorney challenges the validity of a key piece of evidence in the prosecution's case

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. This was the fourth day of Ashley Hunter’s murder trial in Fargo. The only witness brought to the stand today by the prosecution…

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…

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…

Prosecutors Read Hunter’s Statement to Police on the Death of Clarence Flowers

Ashley Hunter's attorney says the state's timeline of events doesn't make sense

FARGO, ND — A Fargo double-murder trial begins with opening statements. Ashley Hunter’s attorney says the state’s timeline of events doesn’t make sense. Inside a room on the third floor of the Cass County Courthouse, a jury, along with a crowd, goes back in time to June 22nd of 2015. The state takes the courtroom through the events that lead to…

Jury Selected in Fargo Murder Trial; Friends and Family of Victims Prepare

One of the victim's roomates hopes the trial can bring closure to the family

FARGO, ND –After multiple delays, Ashley Hunter’s trial is set to begin. He is accused of killing two men in Fargo in 2015. For friends and family, it hasn’t been easy. “People say it was like it was yesterday,” said Dan Aubol, a close friend of Samuel Traut. “Your brain just takes snapshots of everything.” After nearly two years and…

Fargo Man Accused of Two Murders Appears in Court

Ashley Hunter attended a pre-trial conference

  FARGO, ND — A man charged with killing two men in Fargo was back in court. Ashley Hunter attended a pre-trial conference. Lawyers from both sides were briefed on the rules moving forward in the trial, which is scheduled to begin on Monday and is expected to last two weeks. Attorneys agreed to last minute stipulations such as allowing…