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North Dakota Supreme Court to soon hear arguments in Pendleton appeal

Pendleton was convicted in June 2021 on two murder charges in the deaths of Lola Moore, his mother, and Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte, in a May 2020 shooting that occurred when officers were serving him eviction papers at his Grand Forks apartment.

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Arguments in the appeal ofSalamah Pendleton will be heard by the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 17.
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GRAND FORKS – The North Dakota Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in the appeal of Salamah Pendleton.

Pendleton was convicted in June 2021 on two murder charges in the deaths of Lola Moore, his mother, and Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte, in a May 2020 shooting that occurred when officers were serving him eviction papers at his Grand Forks apartment. He was convicted on other charges as well, including the attempted murder of Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kelly McLean and Cpl. Ron Nord, who was wounded in the incident.

Pendleton was found not guilty of terrorizing or the attempted murder of Grand Forks Cpl. Pat Torok. The jury returned a verdict after about 10 hours of deliberation following the two-week trial.

In October 2021, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of Holte. Additionally, Pendleton was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the death of his mother.

Arguments in the appeal are set to be heard on Tuesday, May 17, at 10:45 a.m.

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According to Supreme Court documents, Kiara Costa Kraus-Parr, Pendleton’s defense attorney, is raising a number of questions, including whether the district court created a structural error by denying Pendleton’s right to a public trial. Other questions include whether his right to be present during jury selection was violated and whether the jury engaged in misconduct.

A notice of appeal was first filed in October, shortly after he was originally sentenced in the case.

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Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

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