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Man Gets 30 Years In Child’s 2013 Murder

A Hopkins man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in the 2013 death of a 4-year-old child. According to the complaint, Burnsville Police and paramedics responded to the 30 block of Horizon Heights on June 11, 2013 on a call of toddler with a medical problem.

06/03/2015

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Barway Collins’ Father Now Faces 1st Degree Murder Charges

A grand jury has indicted Barway Collins’ father on first-degree premeditated murder charges in the 10-year-old boy’s death, according to court documents. Collins vanished from Crystal one day after school in April, only to later be found dead in the Mississippi River.

06/01/2015

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Court Hearing Held For Man Accused Of Killing U Of M Student

The man accused of killing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk is scheduled to have a court hearing Friday. Shavelle Chavez-Nelson faces first-degree murder charges for the death of Schunk.

03/20/2015

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Jury To Get Case Monday In Brian Fitch Sr. Murder Trial

There was a rapid end to the Brian Fitch Sr. murder trial in St. Cloud on Thursday. The state wrapped up its case, and then the defense quickly rested without calling anyone to the stand.

01/29/2015

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Both Sides Rest In Trial For Accused Cop Killer

Both sides have rested their case in the trial of a man accused of shooting and killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick last July during a traffic stop. The defense for Brian Fitch Sr. rested on Thursday without calling any witnesses, including their defendant.

01/29/2015

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Prosecution Wrapping Up Case Against Accused Cop Killer

Prosecutors are closing in on the end of their case against the man accused of killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick last July during a traffic stop.

01/28/2015

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Accused Cop Killer Made 25 Calls Day Of Officer’s Murder

Forensic scientists took the stand Tuesday at the Brian Fitch Sr. murder trial in Stearns County Court, explaining how they found and protected evidence linked to the crime. This is day four of the trial for Fitch, who is accused of killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick on July 30, 2014.

01/27/2015

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Officers Give Chilling Details Of Shootout With Accused Cop Killer

Monday, jurors heard graphic testimony from several of the officers who exchanged gunfire with Brian Fitch Sr., the man accused of shooting Officer Scott Patrick to death last July.

01/26/2015

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Deer River Man Indicted For Fatally Biting Child

A Deer River man was indicted Friday on murder charges in connection with the biting death of his 3-month-old son – which he blamed on the neighbor’s dog. Emery James Jenkins, 38, faces two charged of first-degree murder and one second-degree murder charge for the death of his son on Oct. 18, 2014, according to the Itasca County Attorney’s office.

01/23/2015

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Jurors See Squad Car Footage Of Officer Patrick’s Death

After a two-day delay, opening statements have begun in the trial of a man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer.

01/22/2015

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Jury Selection Winding Down For Fitch Murder Trial

Jury selection is winding down in the trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a Mendota Heights police officer last July. Brian Fitch Sr., 40, is charged with first-degree murder in the July, 30, 2014 shooting death of officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop.

01/15/2015

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Jury Selection Continues In Trial Of Accused Cop Killer

Jury selection continued Wednesday in the trial of a man accused in the shooting death of a Mendota Heights police officer last July. Brian Fitch Sr., 40, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Officer Scott Patrick, who was killed during a traffic stop on July 30, 2014.

01/14/2015

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Expert: Accused Cop Killer Faces Uphill Battle In Trial

Twin Cities criminal defense attorney Joe Tamburino is not directly involved in Brian Fitch Sr.’s case, but told WCCO-TV the defense team faces major challenges heading into Monday’s trial.

01/11/2015

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Man, 21, Pleads Guilty To Murder In Choking Death Of Teen

A Menahga man plead guilty to murder in the strangulation death of a 19-year-old woman Wednesday, the Hubbard County Attorney’s Office said. Harley David Leritz, 21, was charged with first-and second-degree murder charges in the death of Kiela Knowles.

11/25/2014

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Rosemount Man, 32, Gets Life Sentence In Fatal Bar Shooting

A 32-year-old Rosemount man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of fatally shooting a man outside a Burnsville bar, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office announced.

11/12/2014

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Mpls. Man Quickly Gets Life Without Parole For Stabbing Death

A 26-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to life in prison without parole just six weeks after stabbing a man to death in September. Quanan Lee Machacek pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Cody Rasche, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

10/21/2014

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Accused Cop Killer Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer pleaded not guilty Monday morning, and his defense is seeking a change of venue because of the level of media coverage surrounding his case. The plea was entered by defense attorneys for Brian Fitch Sr. during a hearing in Dakota County Court.

10/20/2014

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Man Indicted For First-Degree Murder In Baby’s Death

A 32-year-old Albany, Minn. man has been indicted on murder charges in connection with the Sept. 3 death of his infant son. Robert John Kaiser was indicted by a Stearns County grand jury Friday for first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the death of a 2-month-old boy.

10/03/2014

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Lawyers: Accused Cop Killer Will Plead Not Guilty

The defense team for the man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer said he intends to plead not guilty. Brian Fitch appeared at an arraignment Thursday morning in Dakota County. The 39-year-old Fitch is accused of fatally shooting Officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop July 30 in West St. Paul.

09/25/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty In 2nd Body In Car Case

A 25-year-old man has been given a life sentence after pleading guilty to killing a second woman in the Twin Cities.

09/22/2014

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Grand Jury Indictment Unsealed In Sartell Shooting

A grand jury in Stearns County has indicted a St. Cloud man in a fatal shooting outside a strip mall in Sartell. The indictment against 23-year-old Demetreus McGinnis was unsealed Tuesday. McGinnis is accused of shooting 20-year-old Maurice Galvin Jr., in what prosecutors say was a fight over drugs.

09/10/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Woman, Hiding Body In Car

A man accused of killing two women and hiding their bodies in cars found at Twin Cities area impound lots has pleaded guilty to one of the crimes. Twenty-five-year-old Alberto Palmer entered the plea Wednesday in Anoka County the death of Brittany Clardy.

08/20/2014

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Suspect In Police Shooting Formally Charged In Ramsey, Dakota Counties

A 39-year-old “career criminal” and the prime suspect in the shooting of the Mendota Heights police officer was formally charged with a dozen criminal counts on Friday afternoon. Brian Fitch Sr. faces charges of first degree murder of a peace officer or prison guard and first degree premeditated murder in Dakota County.

08/01/2014

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1st-Degree Murder Charges In Schunk Killing

A grand jury in Dakota County has indicted two people for first-degree murder in the death of a University of Minnesota student who was stabbed to death in a Rosemount town house. Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, were also indicted for second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk.

07/29/2014

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Man Charged With Murder In Connection With Missing Iowa Woman

A man was charged in connection to the murder of a woman whose body was found in Ravenna Township early this April. Timothy McVay, 39, has been charged with first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death by the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, according to Dakota County officials.

07/18/2014

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