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Murder trial for Willmar man, 19, to begin

WILLMAR -- The trial of a 19-year-old Willmar man charged with murder in the death of a Ridgewater College student is set to begin this week in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Jury selection begins Thursday in the trial of Miles David Edinburgh, who faces a single second-degree murder charge for the stabbing death of Adam Kenneth Milton, 21.

There is a pretrial hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday. The trial, before District Judge Jon Stafsholt, is set for Thursday through Oct. 15.

Edinburgh pleaded not guilty in May. Joseph Parise, an assistant state public defender from Moorhead, said during that hearing that Edinburgh will claim self-defense. Edinburgh is also represented by Eighth District Public Defender Jay Liedman.

First Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Connie Crowell is prosecuting the case. Milton died after being stabbed twice in the chest during a verbal and physical exchange with Edinburgh during an early morning incident July 20, 2008, near Evergreen Ridge Apartments.

Edinburgh, 17 at the time, was charged as a juvenile. Last October, Judge Stafsholt ordered he be certified as an adult. The case was put on hold while that decision was appealed.

In April, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the adult certification.

Edinburgh was charged after Willmar police were called around 12:50 a.m. July 20 to the Evergreen Ridge Apartment complex, along the 1300 block of 24th Street Northwest.

Officers found a group of people around Milton, began first aid and called for an ambulance. Another man pointed out two stab wounds on Milton's chest and assisted with the first aid administration. Milton was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, where he was pronounced dead at 1:44 a.m.

Police found Edinburgh hiding under a car in a driveway along the 2700 block of 12th Avenue Northwest. He was ordered out at gunpoint and arrested.

A group of men told officers they were at an apartment, heard a knock at the door and opened it to find three men. They told the group to leave, but one of them, later identified as Edinburgh, hung around a vehicle in the parking lot. The men told him to leave, and punches and racial slurs were exchanged. Edinburgh then fled, with Milton in pursuit.

Milton and Edinburgh were "scrapping," when Milton fell to the ground. A witness told police Milton said "he poked me with something" before he saw the blood and called police.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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