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A surprise defense involving an alternative shooter by the name of "Memphis" derailed a Duluth murder trial almost as soon as it got underway Tuesday. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Johnson declared a mistrial in the case of 43-year-old Aaron Demetrius Humphreys before the first witness even took the stand. Prosecutors objected to the opening statement from defense attorney Kassius Benson, who argued that it was another man who fatally shot 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns at the front door of Lincoln Park's Bedrock Bar in October 2016.
A jury trial is set to get underway Monday for a defendant accused of fatally shooting another man at the front door of a Duluth bar after a dispute in October 2016. Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 43, is charged with three offenses, including intentional second-degree murder, in the death of 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns, who was shot just outside the door to Lincoln Park's Bedrock Bar after reportedly getting into a physical fight with Humphreys and another man inside.
A Duluth man dubbed the "ball slasher" will avoid jail time for his latest run-in with the law if he successfully completes two years of supervised probation. Christopher Neil Bjerkness, 40, who recently served six months in the Douglas County Jail for destroying exercise balls at two educational facilities, received his latest sentence Thursday in State District Court in Duluth.
The man who formerly oversaw social services in Cook County has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged pattern of child abuse. Joshua David Beck, 40, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges last month in State District Court in Two Harbors, according to court records. He had been set to go to trial later this month.
A judge overseeing the Diocese of Duluth's bankruptcy has signed off on two insurance company settlements that will pump nearly $10 million into the case. The agreements, approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel at a hearing in Minneapolis on Thursday, will provide almost $9 million to victims of child sexual abuse and allow officials to pursue additional compensation. The settlements with Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America and Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. resolve two-fifths of a federal lawsuit filed in June 2016 that has stalled the bankruptcy proceedings.
Two suspects accused of aiding in last year's fatal shooting of a Duluth college student during an alleged robbery can proceed to trial, a judge ruled. In separate orders issued last week, 6th Judicial District Judge Mark Munger upheld felony charges against Tara Rai Baker and Xavier Alfred Haywood in the February 2017 death of 22-year-old William Grahek.
A Solway Township man admitted Thursday that he was highly intoxicated when he crashed his car early Memorial Day morning, killing one friend and injuring three others. Austin Darrell Hilden, 19, pleaded guilty to felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation at a hearing in State District Court in Duluth.
An Eveleth woman has been charged with three misdemeanors in connection with a fatal crash involving a well-known Iron Range car dealer. Niomi Cheyenne Boulanger, 19, is accused of careless driving, failure to yield and driving without insurance in the August collision that killed 60-year-old Donald Hilligoss of Cohasset.
An appeals court will not consider an effort by prosecutors to reinstate four charges against a man who was shot by Hibbing police officers following an alleged assault in January. The Minnesota Court of Appeals, in an order filed last week, let stand a district court decision dismissing a charge of attempted second-degree murder and three counts of first-degree assault against Che Nathaniel Jones.
The Duluth man accused of a fatal shooting outside a Lincoln Park bar in October 2016 will head to trial next month. Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 43, faces an intentional second-degree murder charge in the death of 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns, who authorities said was gunned down moments after the two men were involved in a barroom dispute.