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Ashland teen accused of killing father appears in court

News Duluth,Minnesota 55802
Duluth News Tribune
Ashland teen accused of killing father appears in court
Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

A teenager accused of killing his custodial father in Ashland last December made his first appearance in court Monday. Fourteen-year-old Joseph Ackley is accused of shooting and stabbing 52-year-old William Saari.

Ashland Investigator Scott Moreland testified.

Moreland said Ackley admitted he intended to kill both of his parents after arriving home from juvenile detention. Ackley described getting a .22 rifle out of the home and lying in wait to shoot Saari in the cheek.

Later, a knife got involved and Ackley stabbed Saari. Ackley admitted he narrowly missed with a shot at the victim’s wife, Carol Saari.

Ackley later exchanged fire with a female officer and also shot himself in the stomach.

The judge denied a request to drop a first-degree attempted homicide charge. Ackley will appear in court again June 11.

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