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Washington County Attorney Reflects On Byron Smith Case

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is sharing his thoughts on the case against Byron Smith, the Little Falls man found guilty of murdering two teenagers who had broken into his home. “This was a preplanned, well thought out, way to murder a couple of kids whom he was angry at because he had a few things stolen out of his house and garage,” Orput said.

05/17/2014

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Grand Jury Indicts 2 In 1999 Minneapolis Killing

A grand jury has indicted two St. Paul men in a 15-year-old murder case. Authorities allege 32-year-old Earl Vang, of St. Paul, was one of two men who shot and killed 19-year-old Miguel McElroy outside a north Minneapolis convenience store July 9, 1999, after a drug deal went bad.

05/17/2014

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Man In Cold Spring Arrested For 2009 Chicago Murder

A man living in the area of Cold Spring, Minn. has been arrested in connection with a cold case murder that happened in Chicago in 2009. According to Chicago Police, 47-year-old Rene Valentine-Matos is suspected in the death of Jahmeshia Conner.

05/08/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 4-30-14

CLICK THE LINK ABOVE to hear reaction to the verdict in the Byron Smith Trial and other notable highlights from today’s show with Dave Lee.

04/30/2014

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Little Falls Man Found Guilty On All Four Counts Of Murder

The Little Falls, Minn. man who shot and killed two teenagers after they broke into his home has been found guilty of all four counts of premeditated murder.

04/29/2014

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Closings Set For Little Falls Man Who Killed Teens

A Little Falls, Minn. man accused of shooting and killing two teenagers who broke into his home will not testify in the case.

04/28/2014

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Doctor: Slain Teen Was Intoxicated On Cough Syrup

Two teenage cousins killed after breaking into a Minnesota man’s home were shot a total of nine times, with some shots coming from close range, a medical examiner testified at the man’s murder trial Thursday.

04/24/2014

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Homeowner: 2 Teens Shot Were ‘Vermin,’ Not Human

Authorities who searched the home of a Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens testified Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on, an operating surveillance system and a cellphone jamming device.

04/23/2014

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Summit Addresses Violence, Crime In North Mpls.

North Minneapolis makes up 20 percent of the city, but 50 percent of the city’s murders have taken place there in the past 14 years. Community, philanthropic and religious leaders joined police and U.S. and county attorneys to have a candid and intimate discussion on Friday.

04/18/2014

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Jury Selection Monday For Little Falls Man Who Shot, Killed 2 Teens

The trial is getting underway this week for a Little Falls man who said he killed two teenagers in self-defense. It was Thanksgiving Day 2012 when Byron Smith said he shot Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, several times after they broke into his home.

04/14/2014

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Teen Gets Life In Prison For Killing Friend’s Grandmother

The Willmar teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his friend’s grandmother has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Brok Junkermeier, 19, admitted to choking and then stabbing Lila Warwick at her home on July 29, 2013. He had hatched a plan with her grandson to steal her money. He described his actions in court last week. He said after he forced her to write a check to him, he strangled her for 20 minutes. After that, he got a dagger and started stabbing her because, as he confessed, “I didn’t think she was dead.”

04/09/2014

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$1M Bond For each Of 3 Suspects In Fargo Slaying

Bond has been set at $1 million cash each for a Minnesota father and two children facing murder charges in North Dakota. Forty-six-year-old Arlen Clapper and his children, 19-year-old Alexander Clapper and 22-year-old Tamara Clapper, are charged in the March 14 stabbing death of 26-year-old Rolandas House in Fargo.

04/08/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty In Homicide; 3 Others Charged

One man pleaded guilty Friday and three other people were charged in connection with the stabbing death of a man in a Fargo parking lot last month. Wade Garrett, 19, pleaded guilty in East Central District Court to felony murder in the March 14 death of 26-year-old Rolandas House, whose body was discovered near a grocery store on the city’s south side. Police say Garrett stabbed House multiple times.

04/04/2014

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Teen Gives Disturbing Confession After Pleading Guilty To Murder

The Willmar teenager who killed his friend’s grandma explained exactly how he did in a disturbing confession.

04/03/2014

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Police Seek Suspect In St. Cloud Homicide

Police in St. Cloud are asking for the public’s help finding a suspect after a man was found dead last week in an apparent homicide.

04/03/2014

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