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Little Falls Murder Case To Begin Monday

On Monday, the murder trial begins for a Little Falls man who admitted to killing two teenagers inside his home. Byron Smith told investigators he shot and killed 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady after they broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day of 2012. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

04/20/2014

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Appeals Court Orders New Trial For St. Paul Priest

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a sexual misconduct conviction and ordered a new trial for a St. Paul priest accused of having sex with a woman who was seeking his spiritual advice. The 22-page ruling said the lower court made several errors during Christopher Wenthe’s trial. Wenthe was convicted in 2011 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman reported the sexual conduct.

04/07/2014

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Mankato Murder Suspect ‘Mentally Incompetent’ To Stand Trial

A veteran has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial for a murder and attempted murder in Mankato last June. According to the Blue Earth County Attorney’s office, 25-year-old Levi Spencer Minissale is accused of stabbing 20-year-old Yesenia Gonzalez to death, as well as stabbing a 26-year-old man on the night of June 6, 2013. A court-ordered psychiatrist determined Minissale to be “mentally ill or mentally deficient,” and should be civilly committed as a mentally ill and dangerous individual.

01/29/2014

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Man To Plead Guilty In Synthetic Drug Death Case

A Texas man accused of leading a conspiracy to import and sell chemicals used to make synthetic hallucinogenic drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two teenagers in the Grand Forks area says he will plead guilty.

01/28/2014

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Esme’s Blog: The Final Humiliation Of Tom Petters

If there were ever a Minnesota case where cameras in the courtroom would have been a benefit to the public, it is the Tom Petters case, in my opinion. For four remarkable days in the winter of 2009, Petters testified, maintaining with a cocky flair, that he was an unwitting pawn in a $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme. It was all the work of his underlings he said, and that he had no idea what was going on.

10/26/2013

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Petters Now Admitting Guilt, Begging For A Lesser Sentence

The man found guilty of orchestrating Minnesota’s largest Ponzi scheme finally admitted on Wednesday that he did it. Tom Petters was in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Wednesday trying to get 20 years shaved off his prison sentence.

10/23/2013

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Trevino Found Guilty, Kira’s Father: ‘Justice Has Been Done’

A jury has found Jeffery Trevino guilty of second-degree murder, but not guilty of second-degree murder with intent in the death of his wife, Kira Steger. The jurors found that Trevino did kill his wife but that it wasn’t his plan. They say her death happened during his attack.

10/02/2013

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Trevino Murder Trial Jury Asks Judge A Question, But Continues Deliberating

Jury deliberations will resume Wednesday morning in the trial of Jeffery Trevino. The St. Paul man is accused of killing his wife Kira Steger in their home last February then hiding her body in a river.

10/02/2013

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Trevino Trial Jury Resumes Deliberating At 9 A.M. Wednesday

The trial for a St. Paul man accused of murdering his wife is expected to go to the jury on Tuesday. The defense rested its case on Monday in the trial of Jeffery Trevino.

10/01/2013

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Trevino Will Not Testify In Murder Trial Of Wife

Jeffery Trevino will not testify in the murder trial, where he’s accused of killing his wife earlier this year. Trevino, 39, of St. Paul is on trial in Ramsey County, accused of killing his wife, Kira Steger, at their St. Paul home in February.

09/30/2013

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Trevino Trial Day 2: Roommate & 15-Year-Old Daughter Testify

Friday brought more emotional testimony during the murder trial of Jeffrey Trevino. The St. Paul man is accused of killing his wife, Kira Steger last winter. Her body was found in May. Most of the testimony came from Steger’s close friends, all of whom stated that they heard Steger mention relationship problems leading up to her disappearance.

09/20/2013

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MN Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Senser Appeal

Months after a Minnesota Court of Appeals denied Amy Senser’s appeal on her guilty verdict in the 2011 death of Anousone Panthavong, the Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected her appeal as well.

09/18/2013

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Head Shop Owner Set For Synthetic Drugs Trial

To federal prosecutors and Duluth leaders, Jim Carlson is nothing more than a drug pusher. There’s no dispute that Carlson’s head shop, the Last Place on Earth, openly sold a lot of synthetic marijuana before authorities finally shut it down in July.

09/16/2013

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Jeffery Trevino’s Trial For Wife’s Death Starts Monday

Nearly seven months after Kira Steger was first reported missing, her husband Jeffery Trevino will stand trial for her murder.

09/15/2013

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Grand Jury Hears Case In Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

A Hennepin County Grand Jury is hearing testimony in a police shooting case. Twenty-two-year-old Terrance Franklin died last May after being shot several times in the basement of a home in Uptown.

09/12/2013

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