The suspects in the disappearance and killing of a Montana teacher have pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted kidnapping. Forty-eight-year-old Lester Van Waters Jr. and 23-year-old Michael Spell were arraigned Tuesday on new charges filed since the March discovery of Sherry Arnold's body in a shallow grave in North Dakota.
Anna Marie Korynta was, by all accounts, a pretty, outgoing young woman with dozens of friends who was liked by almost everyone that met her. So, it was shocking, when the 19-year-old Fisher, Minn., native was found brutally stabbed to death in her basement apartment in downtown Grand Forks during the early morning hours of May 11, 1987. With each passing year, that shock vanishes into mystery as Korynta’s killer has remained at large.
Damien Marsden was found not guilty Wednesday by a 12-person jury on all three murder counts he faced in state District Court in connection to the death of his 4-month-old son.
Marsden, 33, of Grygla, Minn., was on trial for causing a head injury to his son, Rylin Marsden, leading to his eventual death in August 2009.
Man facing charges in death of 4-month-old son The defense team for Damien Marsden took its first steps at putting a dent in the prosecution’s case Tuesday, forwarding its own theory for the death of Marsden’s son bolstered by testimony from a forensic pathologist. Jurors heard emotional testimony from Tammy Klein, the grandmother of Marsden’s son, who said an incident when Rylin Marsden was in her care may have contributed to his death.
Grygla, Minn., man facing charges in death of 4-month-old son The prosecution rested its case Monday in the murder trial of Damien Marsden following testimony from an expert witness that Marsden’s son did not die from injuries he suffered from falling off a bed. Dr. Arne Graff also testified that 4-month-old Rylin Marsden died of injuries following a non-accidental head trauma, which likely occurred just before he started showing symptoms on the afternoon of Aug. 2, 2009. Damien Marsden, 33, of Grygla, Minn., is facing three counts of second-degree murder in state District Court in his son’s death.
On the fifth day of the murder trial for Daniel Wacht, a state crime agent described how investigators located the buried severed head of Kurt Johnson — the man Wacht is accused of shooting and decapitating.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed a Minneapolis man's first-degree murder conviction for a 2006 killing, saying the trial judge was wrong to exclude evidence that someone else might have been the shooter.
Defense attorneys for kidnapper of Dru Sjodin expected to seek writ of habeas corpus to spare him death penalty. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. already has lost two direct appeals, from being executed for the kidnapping and murder of former UND student Dru Sjodin.
Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee), whose accomplice is already on death row, was convicted of all 17 charges he faced, including capital felony killing, kidnapping, arson and sexual assault. During the crime in an affluent suburb, family members were tied up, molested, doused in gasoline and left to die in a fire.
The brother of slain Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso filed the suit against Gene Kirkpatrick. Roy Gattuso and his brother's orphaned daughter are named as plaintiffs. Roy Gattuso lives in Louisiana and has custody of 5-year-old Kennedy Gattuso.
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