The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the harassment and reckless endangerment convictions of a man accused of leaving threatening phone messages and shooting at a home in rural Hannaford, N.D., in April 2008.
As jurors walked into the Steele County courtroom to submit their verdict Friday afternoon, Darin Dahl was shackled with chains and dressed in an orange prisoner’s jumpsuit. He wore what’s known as a “spit mask” — black, see-through netting covering his entire head and an elastic garment covering his mouth.
He sat in the courtroom’s center aisle, out of reach of everyone except two burly deputies who stood at his back.
Officer Shane Aberle took the witness stand Wednesday and, at the request of Steele County’s prosecutor, strapped on state’s exhibit No. 62 — a green Kevlar helmet scarred white where investigators extracted five shotgun pellets.
The trial of a Cooperstown, N.D., man accused of shooting an officer during a 2008 standoff began Tuesday.
Darin Dahl, 35, was holed up in a Luverne, N.D., home for more than 20 hours in April 2008. Authorities said he fired on officers and that a bullet struck the helmet of a Red River Valley SWAT team member.
June 02, 2009
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