Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — For Misty Coffelt's three daughters, hearing Morris Brickle-Hicks convicted of their mother's murder was a moment of relief. "It's been a long, long year," said Chontea Loghry, Coffelt's oldest child. After one hour of closing arguments Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, in South Central District Court, the 12-member jury returned its unanimous guilty verdict on Class AA felony murder at 4 p.m., following two hours deliberation.
BISMARCK — Russell Everett Jr. had two words for the courtroom when District Judge Bruce Haskell asked if he had anything to say as he sentenced him to life in prison. "I'm innocent," he said. In June, a jury convicted Everett, 38, of two Class AA felony counts of gross sexual imposition related to sex acts on a young boy in 2011. He was charged a year ago. On Sept. 21, Haskell sentenced Everett, of Washburn, to two concurrent life sentences in prison with the possibility of parole and credit for time served. Everett also must register as a sex offender.
BISMARCK — As public health issues surrounding opioids have deepened, one medication may be big enough to help yet handy enough to keep in a glove box. Naloxone, available in nasal and injection forms, has taken a major role in overdose situations. Participants at North Dakota's annual behavioral health conference heard Tuesday, Sept. 26, the power behind the narcotic overdose drug.
BISMARCK—Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Julie Lawyer rested prosecution Wednesday afternoon in the jury trial of murder suspect Morris Brickle-Hicks who is accused of beating to death a woman behind a farm goods store in Bismarck. The trial, set to last through Friday, concluded its third day of testimony with witnesses, including investigators and forensic examiners. Most notable was detailed testimony from North Dakota State Forensic Examiner Dr. William Massello over the conditions of Coffelt's death.
BISMARCK — Red Fawn Fallis will proceed to trial in December, but not in Bismarck. The Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of shooting at officers will go to jury trial beginning Dec. 5 in Fargo. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Chief Judge Daniel Hovland granted defense attorneys' requests for a change of venue. Hovland wrote that a change of venue from Bismarck to Fargo "is warranted under the circumstances," but not for moving the trial out of state. "The alleged acts in this case occurred in North Dakota; thus, venue in North Dakota is proper," Hovland wrote.
BISMARCK — A religious slaughter of a sheep in town Friday morning, Sept. 1, led Bismarck Police to request an opinion for future, similar matters. Lt. Steven Scheuer said officers, including animal control, responded to a report of a sheep being killed in a common parking area for apartments on the 2500 block of North Eighth Street. Police spoke with the man and woman there who were performing a ceremony in accordance with their Muslim faith, Scheuer said.