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Ashland teen accused of killing father appears in court

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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.

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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.

Northland’s NewsCenter is a news partner with the News Tribune.

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