Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—In the most highly anticipated trial to take place in Minnesota in some time, one key element still remains up in the air: the jury. With the trial of the St. Anthony police officer charged in the death of Philando Castile opening Tuesday, the prosecution and defense will begin the arduous and often time-consuming task of deciding who will compose the 12-member panel that will decide their side's fate.
ST. PAUL — Three of the four people charged in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Minnetonka High School student last fall have taken plea deals. Over the past weeks, Christopher Rayshawn Calloway, 33, Davonte Bobo, 24, and Vincent Reanell Harris, 30, have pleaded guilty of various charges stemming from their roles in the slaying.
ST. PAUL --The driver charged in a December crash that killed two Mounds View High School students made her first court appearance Friday, where a judge set bail at $150,000. Rachel Diane Kayl bonded out about 5 p.m. Friday, roughly 24 hours from the time she was booked into the Ramsey County jail, according to the jail. The 32-year-old Maple Grove woman was charged Thursday with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation for her involvement in the Dec.
ST. PAUL — The arrest and driving record of the man fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop last summer could be raised at the officer's trial. Philando Castile's record was listed as one of several exhibits officer Jeronimo Yanez's defense team plans to present during his trial, court documents show. While defense attorneys may use the information as a part of its case, the state could argue against its admissibility. The trial is scheduled to begin May 30.
ST. PAUL — A video of a screaming, frantic teen being dragged into a squad car by officers stood out during the opening day of a trial against a St. Paul policeman accused of punching the handcuffed 14-year-old girl after she spat at him. The footage was played inside a Ramsey County courtroom as Officer Michael Soucheray watched from his seat next to his defense attorney. It showed the girl wailing and repeatedly yelling "no" as two officers force her into the car.
ST. PAUL — A supervisor in the accounts payable department at Hamline University in St. Paul stole more than $150,000 from the school by creating fake vendor accounts and cashing checks issued by the university into her personal bank account, charges say. Teresa Ann Garin, 51, was charged with three counts of theft by swindle for her role in an elaborate financial scheme that played out between the summer of 2015 and this past winter, according to the criminal complaint filed against her Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL — A former Marine who fired more than 20 rounds from a military-style assault rifle at two people he let into his downtown St. Paul apartment last spring was sentenced Tuesday, April 18 to three decades in prison. With his family and fellow Marines seated behind him, Scott Klund, 30, showed no outward display of emotion as Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann sentenced the Duluth native to nearly 33 years in prison.
ST. PAUL—A judge could rule by Friday evening whether the trial of a St. Anthony police officer charged in the death of Philando Castile will stay in Ramsey County or move elsewhere. After taking a defense motion to relocate the manslaughter trial out of Ramsey County, Judge William H. Leary III said he hopes to reach a decision on the request, as well as other pending defense motions, by the end of the week. The change of venue motion was argued by defense attorney Earl Gray during a 90-minute hearing Tuesday.
ST. PAUL—A woman let a homeless friend stay at her St. Paul home last week along with her three children. While she was sleeping, he crept into her room and raped her, charges say. Luke Michael Johnson, 23, of Billings, Mont., was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. The 24-year-old year old woman was sleeping in her room on the second floor last Wednesday night when Johnson suddenly climbed into her bed, the complaint said.