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Man faces unintentional murder and related charges

In Minnesota, one man is dead, and another is facing criminal charges following a shooting on Dec. 9. According to media sources, a 20-year-old man allegedly threatened a number of people with a gun before shooting one of them and then running from police in neighboring North Dakota. Reports indicate that the alleged shooter and the fatally injured man knew each other.

The incident occurred in an apartment in the city of Waite Park. Emergency responders transported the injured man to St. Cloud Hospital at approximately 2 p.m. The 19-year-old man, who was shot in the chest, was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.

Pursuing a self-defense claim when someone is in your home

Sometimes, you may have hurt or even mortally wounded someone in what you see as self-defense. However, what seems like self-defense might conflict with the legal definition of self-defense in Minnesota.

To show self-defense in many cases instead of something such as manslaughter or murder in the third degree, you must cover four areas:

  1. No reasonable means such as retreat to avoid the conflict
  2. Little or no provocation on your side
  3. The belief that your life or health (or someone else's) was in great, immediate jeopardy
  4. A good reason for believing so

Sexual offense laws in Minnesota

A person who is convicted or rape or sexual assault in Minnesota may be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her life. The legal name for these offenses is criminal sexual conduct.

Criminal sexual assault is categorized into five degrees under Minnesota law. The first degree is the most serious and involves penetration coupled with other factors, such as a victim under the age of 13, use of a deadly weapon, impairment of the victim or a close relationship to a victim under the age of 16. Second-degree sexual assault involves any of the same circumstances as sexual assault in the first degree without penetration.

3 facing second-degree murder charges in deadly drug deal

On Nov. 13, it was reported that two Minnesota teenagers were facing charges after a 17-year-old was killed during an alleged drug deal. A third person was subsequently taken into custody by the authorities.

On Nov. 10, authorities were reportedly called to a residence located near the 141st and Palm Street intersection in Andover. Neighbors reportedly heard screeching tires and allegedly saw a body on the ground. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. It was originally thought to be a hit-and-run incident, though investigators reportedly realized quickly that this was not the case.

State of MN vs. JC - Not Guilty

You know, it just does not get old. After 18 months of court appearances, thorough investigation, pouring over discovery and trial prep, being part getting a client back to a normal life is an amazing privilege. You get to know your client. You believe in him. You realize that your efforts can be the difference between prison and an in tact family. JC was falsely accused of criminal sexual conduct facing the better part of 15 years. He was offered a deal that would keep him out of prison, and the felony would come off of his record after successful completion of probation. He told me "I can't plead to something I did not do". That was the end of our discussion. We went to trial and won. We won because of the hard work of our team and the jury saw the person I see. A hard working family man of god, coach, health care provider, father, husband and decent man. So rewarding to be his lawyer. With each trial I learn something new. My great staff, and a stellar client won the case.

Indecent exposure charges and punishments

In the state of Minnesota and elsewhere, it is considered a crime to intentionally show one's genitals in a public place, especially with the intent to alarm or offend others. In many cases, indecent exposure is often committed with the intent to get sexual gratification or to elicit a sexual response.

In order to be charged with indecent exposure, a person must show his or her bare genitals. A bare breast is not considered to be indecent exposure in Minnesota if a mother is breastfeeding a child as the state allows breastfeeding in any private or public location. Further, showing someone underwear, no matter how revealing, is also not considered to be indecent exposure. However, if a person does expose his or her genitals while making physical contact, that person could potentially face sexual assault charges.

Woman charged with murder sentenced

A 23-year-old Minnesota woman was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison on Oct. 16 for her involvement in the June 2016 beheading of a 20-year-old man. Her defense attorney had argued for the shortest term available, noting that she help authorities find the body and took responsibility for her role by pleading guilty.

The woman testified that, in June 2016, her then-boyfriend and the deceased man forced her to participate in sexual acts. The former boyfriend then eventually drove the two to a rural road where he claimed that the car was having trouble. When the 20-year-old went to check under the hood, the woman alleged that the former boyfriend struck him over the head using a baseball bat. The woman then admitted to using a machete to behead the 20-year-old.

Homicide rate falls in Minnesota while increasing nationally

New information from the FBI shows that the homicide rate in Minnesota has fallen from 2015 to 2016. The number of murders in the state dropped 25 percent in that period of time per 100,000 residents. According to the FBI report, there were 101 murders in the state in 2016 compared to 131 in 2015. Despite the drop in the murder rate, there was little change in the overall rate of violent crime in Minnesota.

Overall, there was an 8-percent increase in the nation's homicide rate with a 3-percent increase in violent crimes, such a rape or murder. Increases in cities such as Baltimore and Chicago are partially responsible for the increase throughout the country. Despite increases in 2016, FBI data shows that the overall crime rate is about 20 percent lower than it was 10 years ago.

New Apple iPhone Could Come With Fifth Amendment Implications

Technological and electronics giant Apple recently unveiled the newest design of their ubiquitous iPhone, the iPhone X. Among the talked-about features of the updated smartphone are a faster processor, wireless charging, glass screens on both front and back, side-to-side display and a better camera. Perhaps the most exciting - yet contentious - feature is FaceID, a new way of unlocking the device by the user undergoing a 3D facial scan using infrared projection.

Though the futuristic technology comes with several positives: it's hands-free, there's no need to remember a four- or six-digit pass code, and it seems to address potential safety issues by being, in the words of Apple, much less vulnerable to hacking. Those purported benefits aside, FaceID has some outspoken detractors.

Man charged in connection with 1983 cold case murder

On Sept. 13, a Minnesota man was charged with second-degree murder in a 1983 rape and murder case. He was charged for the crime in 2015 after DNA testing matched the DNA found at the scene to that of the convicted man.

In April 1983, officers were sent out to investigate a body that had been found near the Soo Line Railroad tracks at 28th Avenue North in the city of Minneapolis. The remains were identified as those belonging to a 17-year-old girl. Authorities reported that the girl had suffered severe trauma to the head and that fresh tire tracks on her body indicated that her body had been dragged to the tracks. An autopsy found that the girl suffered injuries that were consistent with strangulation and blunt force trauma.

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