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Man faces murder charges in death of mother

A 34-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother. On Feb. 22 around 7:30 p.m., the man's mother called police to the home they shared. She said he was demanding his medication despite having already taken it and that she was worried because he sometimes became violent. However, police reported that the man did not seem upset.

The woman declined police arrangements for her to stay somewhere else that night. Law enforcement was called to the home a second time just after 8 p.m., this time by the son claiming his mother had stabbed herself. He told police the knife was in the mailbox and that he did not know why she had stabbed herself.

Penalties for Minnesota’s repeat DWI offenders

If you are facing a Minnesota driving while intoxicated charge, you may have concerns about the potential penalties and how they might impact your life moving forward. As you might imagine, the penalties associated with drinking and driving in the state tend to increase in severity if you already have a prior conviction or multiple prior convictions. Thus, it is important that you understand the consequences associated with repeat offenses.

Just what constitutes a “repeat offense?” If you are facing a new drinking and driving charge in Minnesota, know that the courts will look back on the last 10 years to determine whether you are a repeat offender. If, however, you received your last DWI conviction 11, 12 or more years ago, you will typically face the same penalties given to first-time offenders.

2 Minnesota men convicted after deadly marijuana deal

The death of a man in May 2017 has resulted in the second-degree murder conviction of a 44-year-old man. After being charged as the shooter in the homicide, the man entered a guilty plea. Another man involved in the death accepted a plea deal for aiding a criminal offender.

The shooting took place at a private residence in Fridley where a male homeowner admitted to authorities that he had allowed two men into his home to complete a transaction involving marijuana. After one man left the home, he soon returned with a third man who reportedly killed the victim with a single shot to the chest. Emergency response personnel declared him to be dead at the scene.

Minnesota man receives life sentence for murder

On Jan. 31, a 43-year-old Minnesota man was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of his wife, and on Feb. 2, a court sentenced him to life in prison with no possibility of parole. The incident happened on Nov. 13, 2016.

The man and the couple's 9-year-old son had gone out to eat, and when they got home, the man called 911 and reported that his wife had shot herself in the head. However, when law enforcement investigated, a number of elements raised suspicion. None of the woman's blood was on the gun, and it was in her non-dominant hand. Furthermore, there was blood at the scene that was cleaned prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Car crash leads to murder charge

A 25-year-old Minnesota man was charged with second-degree murder after shooting a 17-year-old man in Rochester on Jan. 14. The shooting happened after the two men had been involved in a car accident.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer arrived at the scene after being dispatched and being told by a witness that there had been a shooting. The officer saw two women near a man who was lying in the street. Two other men were also nearby. One of those men approached the officer and said that the other man had shot his friend. The alleged shooter had a Glock 19 handgun containing 15 rounds in a 17-round magazine. The police officer removed the gun from the man's pocket and took him into custody. The man who had been shot was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Defenses against second-degree murder charges

Individuals in Minnesota who are charged with second-degree murder have the right to present a defense at trial. The type that is presented may vary and should be based on the factors surrounding the case and Minnesota criminal law.

The most frequently offered defense is that of actual innocence. There are many elements to this type of defense, including disputing the evidence offered by the prosecution and the account of an alibi. The burden of proof is with the prosecution, who must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of committing the murder in question. Defendants who are able to compel the jury to question the account offered by the prosecution may not be found guilty of the crime.

2 facing charges following fatal shooting

Minneapolis authorities have reported that two men who were believed to be involved in a fatal shooting were taken into police custody. The shooting reportedly occurred in the 1400 block of Portland Avenue South at about 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 13.

After receiving the call, authorities went to the location and found a man, aged 34, who had been shot. He was transferred to a nearby hospital where he was initially said to be in critical condition. However, he ultimately died from the gunshot wound.

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.

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