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Hibbing murder defendant heads to trial

A Grand Rapids man charged in a 2017 Hibbing homicide case will go to trial in March. Benjamin David Lundquist, 32, of Grand Rapids, is accused of fatally stabbing Joel Dean Gangness inside an apartment building on Jan. 17, 2017. Lundquist allege...

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Benjamin Lundquist.

A Grand Rapids man charged in a 2017 Hibbing homicide case will go to trial in March.

Benjamin David Lundquist, 32, of Grand Rapids, is accused of fatally stabbing Joel Dean Gangness inside an apartment building on Jan. 17, 2017 . Lundquist allegedly admitted that he knocked on Gangness’ door and confronted him at random, stating that he stabbed and bludgeoned the victim because “Jesus directed him to do it,” according to a criminal complaint.

Lundquist’s intentional second-degree murder case was put on hold on Jan. 26, 2017 when a judge ordered a mental health evaluation. In July 2017 , he was found competent to proceed in court. In October , Judge Mark Starr denied a motion made by the defence to suppress a confession made to law enforcement during the investigation.

Lundquist is set to stand trial on March 18. His next court appearance, a pre-trial hearing, is scheduled for Feb. 28.  

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