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Gafkjen seeks omnibus hearing, January trial canceled

WILLMAR -- A contested omnibus hearing for Lori Jean Harris Gafkjen has been scheduled for Feb. 7. Gafkjen, 51, of Brooten, formerly known as Lori Jean Glesne, is charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with three felony counts of aiding an of...

Lori Gafkjen
Lori Gafkjen
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WILLMAR - A contested omnibus hearing for Lori Jean Harris Gafkjen has been scheduled for Feb. 7.

Gafkjen, 51, of Brooten, formerly known as Lori Jean Glesne, is charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with three felony counts of aiding an offender. She is accused of assisting Caleb Aaron Blue, 35, of Willmar, who is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of David Medellin Jr., 24, of Willmar.

Medellin's body was found in a field east of Willmar Oct. 31.

A jury trial originally scheduled to begin Jan. 17 has been canceled.

Gafkjen had previously waived her right to an omnibus hearing. An omnibus hearing is used to review evidence of the prosecution and the defense to determine what will be admissible in court.

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Tuesday, her attorney John Mack, of New London, filed a demand for an omnibus hearing. Mack said he wanted a review of any alleged confession and evidence gained as a result of a confession.

According to court records, Gafkjen allegedly picked up Blue after Medellin's death and drove Blue to Glenwood for medical treatment of a deep cut in his hand. Gafkjen was also with Blue when the two were taken into custody outside of a motel in Anoka County.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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