Today, a Ramsey County jury convicted Jeffrey Trevino of count of second-degree murder without intent to kill in connection with the death of his wife, Kira.THE BACKSTORY: Jeffrey Trevino's attorney raises possibility Kira was murdered during pot deal gone awry Trevino was found not guilty, however, ... More >>
After a nearly two-month-long trial, three members of the highly organized, Minneapolis-born Native Mob gang were found guilty in federal court Tuesday of a combined 16 counts, including racketeering and attempted murder. The guilty verdicts mark a victory for prosecutors in a criminal investigatio ... More >>
Derrick Deangelo Catchings, a 16-year-old from Brooklyn Park, will be tried as an adult in the murder of a teenager slain on his bike last summer in north Minneapolis, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. Catchings has been in jail since last September on a separate case, and made hi ... More >>
Behind the scenes of the transgender woman's case
Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman facing two second-degree murder charges, agreed to a plea deal in court today. McDonald pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, which will carry a 41-month sentence. McDonald was accused of stabbing Dean Alvin Schmitz in the heart outside the S ... More >>
Timothy Bakdash was found guilty of second-degree murder by a Hennepin County jury yesterday afternoon. Hennepin County prosecutors charged Bakdash with first and second-degree murders over a spring 2011 incident where Bakdash, who had been drinking at The Library Bar in Dinkytown, deliberately ... More >>
Hennepin CountyJonathan Rubio-Segura killed Anthony Gale in March 2010.Jonathan Rubio-Segura is living two nightmares. The 27-year old is on trial this week for second-degree murder after he drunkenly punched Anthony Gale in the face outside a downtown strip club in March 2010. Rubio-Segura's su ... More >>
Heuer pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct and one kidnapping charge.John Heuer, the Spring Lake Park resident who kidnapped and sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl, pleaded guilty yesterday to the facts of the case, WCCO reports. Heuer was arrested in May for kidnapping a gi ... More >>
Michael Richard Swanson will plead guilty.Michael Swanson has already been found guilty of murdering Sheila Myers in cold blood at a store in Humboldt, Iowa, last November. Now he's going to plead guilty to the second murder that night, of Vicky Bowman-Hall, in Algona. His legal team is tell ... More >>
Swanson claims he was insane.Seventeen-year-old Michael Swanson, famous for smiling and laughing after being charged in November with murdering two Iowa gas station workers in two separate shootings, plans to claim insanity as a defense when his trials start this summer.
Hennepin County JailRachel Reeves is off the hook for murder--but maybe not for long.Rachel Reeves was supposed to go to trial yesterday on charges that she killed her 15-month old, Julia Leigh Rivera, two years ago. But when a key witness--the babysitter who was with the little girl when she sto ... More >>
Project Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work
Jamaal Freeman, convicted once in the 2007 murder of Mark Loesch, beat the rap today when the jury in his second trial found him not guilty today. Police arrested Freeman after he was fingered by Donald Eugene Jackson, who had already pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery for his role in Loes ... More >>
If convicted, Hecker and Leach face a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
A note, and a laptop computer and briefcase in Prohofsky's car, may spell more bad news for Hecker.
A federal grand jury makes life even more complicated for the fallen auto sales magnate.
Hurd is accused of stabbing his Eagan, Minn. girlfriend more than 100 times and leaving her in a ditch.
Mother survives 53 days trapped in closet with her daughter
A Madison jury convicts Porfirio Olivas on 21 counts of child abuse after his beaten daughter was discovered near death in a closet.
A social worker testified that she thought the girl was dead when she found her, emaciated and wounded, on the floor of a bedroom closet.
Wayne Lee Cummings learns he's going to spend a very long time in prison.
Seems to be a recurring theme in today's Blotter, and all we can say is we wish it were something a bit more... uplifting.
The man accused of dropping a 50-pound sandbag onto Interstate 94 during the Republican National Convention pleaded guilty Monday.
Andrew Darst, an FBI mole who kept tabs on peace activists during the run-up to the RNC, was convicted today of breaking into a Minnetrista home and beating two guys inside.
We've got Mike Tyson-style human chomping, men soliciting underage girls online, fish and weed smugglers, and a whole lot of sex addictions. It's all right across the border in the cheese state.
Casual robbers, Facebook blackmailers, pet killers, lesbian beaters, and a religious leader accused of hiding a corpse on a toilet. Can Minnesota top that? Never.
A 24-year-old west metro man admitted in court this morning that he repeatedly raped a 20-year-old woman near the University of Minnesota camp ... More >>
What would a lawyer do to clear his client of child sex abuse charges?
On April 24, at approximately 9:18 a.m., Eagan police officers were dispatched to the Peace Reform Church on Glory Drive to investigate a burglary. Upon arrival, the cops were informed that four credit cards and $5 in cash had been stolen from a church employee's purse.
On Sunday afternoon Minneapolis police officers Dave Ulberg and David Elliot were dispatched to the Harrison neighborhood to investigate a report that three teenage girls were being harassed by an adult male. When the officers arrived on the scene, the girls pointed out the man and they attempted to ... More >>
Minnesota courts tighten rules against race-based appeals, but it's small consolation to Dameion Robinson
The sad, strange case of Darren Odell and the sorry state of our insanity laws
Former gang prosecution snitch Johnny Edwards recants--sort of
Securities scams, karaoke-bar brawls, and the occasional boozy ride: At least there's one championship the Vikings might be winning
Why did it take three investigations, two trials, and one year of legal ups and downs to convict Alfred Flowers of sassing a cop? He may never know: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the FBI have declared the records top-secret.
When police informant Johnny Edwards sang, men went to prison. Now his tune is coming back to haunt the courts.
Hennepin County's favorite informant faces the music
After five years of doing battle with city bureaucrats, Dennis Williams finally wins one
More tales of slippery snitches, pearl-handled guns, and the shell casing that grew on the lawn
Has Johnny "Walk on Water" Edwards finally met his match?
A jury finds that a gay man's killer may have taken "reasonable" action
His trial was a comedy of errors, but the man Johnny Edwards fingered for murder isn't laughing
Defense attorneys say Minneapolis's crackdown on graffiti artists is a waste of time and money for a court system that's already stretched thin.
A police informant with a mile-long rap sheet proves unreliable in at least the third--but possibly not the last--of the so-called "Bloods" cases.
Dubious informant boomerangs on Hennepin County prosecutors.
In drug- or gang-related cases, one of the favorite weapons of prosecutors is confidential informants like Johnny Edwards. Trouble is, a lot of them will say anything to get themselves out of the hot seat--and continue committing crimes while they're turn
In the wake of Najarian and Shabazz, the U.S. attorney and former DFL prodigy finds his once-bright political future in question.