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A Duluth jury is tasked with determining whether Aaron Demetrius Humphreys or someone else is responsible for the shooting death of Eric Wayne Burns. But one person jurors will not hear from is the man who authorities said initially claimed to be the killer. Humphreys' co-defendant, 55-year-old Orin Bernard Vann, was called to the witness stand Thursday but immediately invoked his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer any questions about the events at the Bedrock Bar on Oct. 18, 2016.
A Duluth jury spent about three hours Wednesday reviewing surveillance video from the Bedrock Bar, where 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns was fatally shot in 2016. The video is key evidence in the murder trial of 44-year-old Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, but that it was even shown in court marked a significant development in the case. Two prior mistrials resulted in juries being dismissed before hearing from a single witness.
A yearlong investigation by local and federal law enforcement agencies has led to multiple charges in what authorities said was the first drug trafficking operation to focus on fentanyl distribution in the Twin Ports. While police have reported a surge in the use of heroin and other prescription and street drugs over the past five years, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is said to be up to 50 times more potent than heroin.
Authorities have identified a Lake Country Power employee who died Friday while working to restore an outage near Orr. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that Drew Schwarz, 33, of Cook, was pronounced dead at the scene southwest of Orr. The incident was reported as a possible electrocution just before 6 p.m. The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate, and an autopsy is pending at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.
A federal jury's $3.74 million verdict in favor of former University of Minnesota Duluth coach Shannon Miller provided a dramatic conclusion to a two-week trial in March. The decision, however, provided little closure in what has been a yearslong legal battle. In fact, nearly four months later, that dollar figure has yet to be finalized and university attorneys are still waiting for an opportunity to challenge the verdict. But before any of that can happen, U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz must still make one key ruling.
A prominent Duluth defense attorney pleaded guilty last month to a felony drug charge after police seized hundreds of prescription pills from his home in February. David Keegan, 66, entered the plea to a count of third-degree possession of a controlled substance on June 12 in State District Court in Park Rapids, Minn. Court documents indicate Duluth police found more than 100 doses of opioid medication and over 350 sedative pills during the execution of a search warrant at Keegan's Skyline Parkway home on Feb. 8.
An arbitrator last week reinstated a Duluth police officer who was captured on video dragging a handcuffed man through the skywalk and ramming his head into a steel door. The Duluth Police Department moved to fire the officer of nine years, Adam Huot, in wake of the incident, Police Chief Mike Tusken said at a news conference Friday. Body camera footage shows Huot dragging an apparently intoxicated man approximately 90 feet through the skywalk between Lake Avenue and First Avenue West on May 20, 2017.
A Duluth man who was drunk when he crashed his boat into a dock last summer, killing a friend on a lake near Cotton, was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail. Brian Keith Deroche, 51, appeared for sentencing in State District Court in Virginia after pleading guilty in April to a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the July 22 crash that killed 54-year-old Ann Marie Delanghe of Burnsville, Minn.
A Twin Cities man who set the two Vista Fleet boats adrift in the Duluth harbor last fall will serve probation for the crime, but a felony conviction will remain on his record. Gregory Mark Sullwold, 48, of Excelsior, Minn., was sentenced on a theft charge Friday in State District Court in Duluth. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Johnson stayed a 13-month prison term in favor of two years of supervised probation. But he rejected Sullwold's request for a stay of imposition, which could have allowed the offense to eventually be reduced to a misdemeanor.
A Rochester, Minn., man who was shot by Hibbing police after reportedly striking another man over the head with a gun and pointing the weapon at officers has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Che Nathaniel Jones, 25, received the sentence Thursday from 6th Judicial District Judge Mark Starr in State District Court in Hibbing. The judge accepted the terms of a plea agreement reached last month between Jones and the St. Louis County Attorney's Office, imposing the below-guideline sentence that was mutually recommended.