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The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined further review of an Eveleth man’s murder conviction for providing his girlfriend with a fatal dose of synthetic drugs. The high court let stand a Court of Appeals decision from May upholding the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter convictions of 30-year-old Bryan Joseph Hodapp.
Three defendants were arraigned Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in the February shooting death of Duluth college student William Grahek. Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21; Noah Duane Baker, 20; and Noah Anthony Charles King, 19, all made initial appearances before Judge Mark Munger in State District Court in Duluth. A St. Louis County grand jury on Thursday indicted each of the three defendants on two counts of first-degree murder, alleging they caused Grahek's death while committing robbery and burglary. The new charges carry mandatory life sentences, if convicted.
Shawn Carr is planning a vigil next month for Sheila St. Clair, the Duluth woman who hasn’t been seen in two years and whose disappearance police have described as suspicious. It’ll be the third consecutive year that Carr, fellow community members and police have gathered in Central Hillside Park to plead for the public’s help in bringing forward information that will provide answers for her family and friends.
Here are a few missing person cases from recent months and years still being investigated by the Duluth Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies. Anyone who may have information about any of the cases is asked to call 911. Sheila St. Clair Last seen: Aug. 15, 2015, in Duluth Age at disappearance: 48 Description: Native American, 5-5, 125 pounds, black hair, brown eyes
Three defendants have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the February slaying of a Duluth college student. A St. Louis County grand jury on Thursday returned the indictments against Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21; Noah Duane Baker, 20; and Noah Anthony Charles King, 19. The three already were among five suspects charged in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old William Andrew Grahek. But the trio will now be facing mandatory life sentences, if convicted.
GRAND RAPIDS — Jeff Greniger sought immunity from prosecution in order to come to court and testify at the murder trial of his sister's former boyfriend. The 22-year-old didn't receive the protection he sought. But he still took the witness stand Thursday. An emotional Greniger recalled to jurors how he saw his sister, Kayleene, and her boyfriend, Joseph Christen Thoresen, tie up 20-year-old David Haiman in the bedroom of their Grand Rapids apartment. He also testified about returning later and finding the bloody aftermath of an assault on the Hibbing man.
GRAND RAPIDS — Kayleene Danielle Greniger spent most of Monday sitting on the witness stand in an Itasca County courtroom. It was the same courtroom that she was in six months ago, when she admitted that she used a machete to behead 20-year-old David Alexander Haiman of Hibbing after an alleged sexual assault. The story she told Monday was largely the same — that her boyfriend, Joseph Christen Thoresen, planned the killing and that the two fatally assaulted Haiman with an array of weapons along a rural forest road in June 2016.
An October trial has been set for the Proctor man accused of threatening his family, firing more than three-dozen shots at his live-in girlfriend and pointing a rifle at a neighbor. Rusty George Kallis, 40, appeared briefly in State District Court in Duluth on Thursday morning. He faces seven felony charges.
As a Duluth police officer, Gary Waller investigated the 1977 murders of a wealthy heiress and her night nurse at Glensheen Mansion — a case that remains one of Minnesota’s most infamous and intriguing crimes. As St. Louis County sheriff, he was credited with ushering in a modern age of law enforcement training and technology, improving investigations and overseeing the construction of a new jail.
A wild reversal of fortunes took Alan Klapmeier from being the recipient of a $10 million verdict to owing more than $671,000 in a prolonged legal battle with Cirrus Aircraft, the Duluth-based company he co-founded more than 30 years ago. On Wednesday, he received a partial reprieve from the state's high court. The Minnesota Supreme Court, in a split decision, slashed more than $542,000 from the sum he was previously ordered to pay to Cirrus.