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Despite a case that was based mainly on circumstantial evidence, it took a 12-person jury less than 24 hours to deliver a guilty verdict in the murder trial of rural Waubun resident Kenneth Eugene Andersen. Andersen, 34, was accused of shooting his lifelong friend Chad Swedberg twice in the shoulder and hip areas, with a high-powered rifle fired from a distance.
Closing arguments were heard Tuesday in the murder trial of 34-year-old Kenneth Andersen of rural Waubun. The jury began its deliberations shortly after 5:30 p.m., but no verdict was reached Tuesday and the jury will resume deliberations Wednesday morning. On Monday, both the prosecution and defense had rested their cases. Before the attorneys began to make their final remarks on Tuesday, however, a series of rebuttal witnesses were called. Al Zdrazil, the Assistant Minnesota Attorney General, and Mike Fritz, the Becker County Attorney, each questioned half of the witnesses.
It was a short, but eventful, day of testimony Monday at the murder trial of rural Waubun resident Kenneth Andersen. It began shortly after 9:30 a.m. with the cross examination of Special Agent Daniel Baumann of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension by defense attorney Rory Durkin -- and it ended by 2:30 p.m., with both the prosecution and defense having rested their cases. Closing arguments are expected to begin Tuesday morning, and wrap up by noon.
Friday's testimony in the murder trial of rural Waubun resident Kenneth Andersen was highlighted by a pair of firearms experts -- one called by the prosecution, and one called by the defense. Late Thursday afternoon, prosecutor Al Zdrazil had called to the stand a forensic scientist from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime lab in Bemidji. Nathaniel Pearlson noted at the beginning of his testimony that he specialized in firearms analysis. On Friday, defense attorney Rory Durkin countered with a firearms expert of his own.
Physical evidence linking a murder suspect to the crime is a key element in obtaining a conviction -- and unfortunately for the prosecution in the murder trial of rural Waubun resident Kenneth Andersen, some of the evidence presented during this week's testimony didn't appear as strong as they perhaps would have liked. Prosecutors Mike Fritz (Becker County Attorney) and Al Zdrazil (Assistant Minnesota Attorney General) called a series of forensic scientists from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to the stand on Wednesday and Thursday. Their testimony began with Patrick Warric
Kenneth Andersen's older brother was called to testify Wednesday in the younger sibling's first-degree murder trial. Ken Andersen, 34, of rural Waubun, is accused of shooting his lifelong friend Chad Swedberg twice -- in the shoulder and hip areas -- with a high-powered rifle fired from a distance. Swedberg was killed on April 13, 2007. Frank Andersen was questioned extensively by prosecutors during Wednesday's testimony.
An ATV stolen from a Roseau County residence in late 2006 was at the crux of testimony Tuesday in the continuing murder trial of rural Waubun resident Kenneth Andersen. Andersen, 34, was indicted by a Becker County grand jury in September for first-degree, premeditated homicide in the April 13, 2007 death of Chad Swedberg. Andersen is accused of shooting his lifelong friend Chad Swedberg twice -- in the shoulder and hip areas -- with a high-powered rifle fired from a distance. Nine months before that indictment, however, another complaint was filed against Andersen in Roseau County -- fo
Environmental advocates made some great strides in the areas of conservation and transit during the 2008 session of the Minnesota Legislature -- but they also had a few missed opportunities when it came to the quest for energy independence. According to John Tuma, former state representative and current lobbyist for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, one of his organization's biggest victories this year came early in the session. The Minnesota Legislature approved a question regarding the proposed constitutional amendment known as the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, to be pla
Though Miquette Denie was born and raised in the country of Haiti, in many ways Detroit Lakes has become her second home. Her younger sister, Farah, and niece, Cherline, were both adopted by John and Mary Lee of Detroit Lakes when they were just 4 years old.
Like most brothers, Ken and Chad Swedberg occasionally argued, and even got into fistfights while growing up together at the family's resort property on Little White Earth Lake. But as Ken Swedberg testified Wednesday in Becker County District Court, the last bout they had occurred roughly 10-11 years ago. "Little brother got too big," said Swedberg, who was born six years before his youngest brother, Chad.