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Court appearance delayed for woman charged with aiding suspect in Willmar homicide

Lori Jean Harris Gafkjen

WILLMAR — A court appearance that had been scheduled Wednesday for Lori Jean Harris Gafkjen, 51, of Brooten, was postponed until Dec. 12 due to a scheduling conflict.

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

Medellin's body was found by farmers harvesting grain Oct. 31 in a field east of Willmar. The death was later ruled a homicide.

The District Court approved the schedule change at the request of Gafkjen's attorney, John Mack of New London. He is representing a defendant in a trial that was to begin Wednesday in Chippewa County.

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.

She is currently in custody in the Renville County Jail.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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