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Suspect in Shooting Near Lake George Pleads Guilty

The man accused of firing gunshots near Lake George last summer has pleaded guilty.

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Demetreus McGinnis
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Closing Arguments Expected Today in McGinnis Murder Trial

Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of Demetreus McGinnis who is accused of shooting and killing Maurice Galvin Jr. outside the Sartell Sprint store last March.

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Cornelius Payton, Tyree Sharpe, Damian Wieneke
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Driver in Drug Deal Robbery, Shooting Pleads Guilty

One of three men charged in connection with a July 2014 shooting incident in St. Cloud has agreed to a plea agreement.

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Byron Smith
Byron Smith, photo courtesy of Meshbesher & Associates
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Request Made to Combine Byron Smith Appeals

A motion has been filed in the Byron Smith murder case to combine appeals made by both parties. The motion was filed Thursday to the Minnesota Supreme Court. It is asking the court to consolidate the state's appeal of the court's sentencing order on restitution with Smith's appeal of his first-degree murder convictions.

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Demetreus McGinnis
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Trial Beginning For St. Cloud Man Accused of Murder

A trial is beginning for a St. Cloud man accused in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man outside a Sartell strip mall.

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Scott Patrick's brother Mike Brue speaks to the media following thguilty verdicts in the Brian Fitch Senior murder trial.  Photo by Joshua Akkerman, WJON News
Scott Patrick's brother Mike Brue speaks to the media following thguilty verdicts in the Brian Fitch Senior murder trial. Photo by Joshua Akkerman, WJON News
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UPDATE: Brian Fitch Senior Found Guilty of Murder [VIDEOS]

A Stearns County jury has found Brian Fitch Senior guilty on all nine counts against him. Fitch was charged with nine felony counts, including first degree murder, in the shooting death of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick.

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Law enforcement supporters holding signs outside the Stearns County Courthouse during the Brian Fitch Senior trial. Photo by WJON.com's Dan DeBaun.
Law enforcement supporters holding signs outside the Stearns County Courthouse during the Brian Fitch Senior trial. Photo by WJON.com's Dan DeBaun.
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Testimony Concludes in Fitch Trial, Jury to Get Case Monday

Both the prosecution and the defense have rested their case in the Brian Fitch Senior murder trial. Closing arguments are set for Monday morning, before the jury begins deliberations.

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Pete Nyblom
Pete Nyblom
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UPDATE: Inmate Testifies, Says Brian Fitch Asked Him to Kill Witnesses

Prosecutors continue to present their case in day five of the Brian Fitch Senior murder trial in St. Cloud. Fitch is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Mendota heights Police Officer Scott Patrick.

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Investigator: Cash, Brass Knuckles and Map Found in Fitch’s Pants Pocket

A handful of witnesses took the witness stand in the morning session of the Brian Fitch Senior murder trial today. Testimony centered around shell casings and guns found at the scene of the police shootout.

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Stearns County Courthouse, Photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Stearns County Courthouse, Photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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UPDATE: Jury Hears From Passengers With Fitch During Shootout

The trial for accused cop killer Brian Fitch has resumed in St. Cloud this morning on what would have been slain officer Scott Patrick's 48th birthday.

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