Willmar teen pleads not guilty to murder
WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old Willmar man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing a Ridgewater College student last July.
Miles David Edinburgh is charged with stabbing to death Adam Milton, 21.
Milton, of Florida, was a football player for the college and had been taking summer classes here. He died after being stabbed in the chest twice following a verbal and physical exchange with Edinburgh.
During a brief court appearance Wednesday morning before Judge Jon Stafsholt, Edinburgh entered a not guilty plea through his attorney, Joseph Parise, an assistant state public defender from Moorhead.
Parise said Edinburgh will claim self-defense.
Given the circumstances of the incident, Parise said Edinburgh's actions were "justified" and that there is a "valid argument to be made for self-defense.
Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Connie Crowell, who will be prosecuting the case, said she is prepared to "refute any claim of self-defense."
Crowell said, "We are prepared to go to trial and let the evidence speak for itself."
A jury trial is set for Oct. 8.