INTERNATIONAL FALLS -- Jury selection began today in the trial of Brian Pippitt, charged in the 1998 death of 84-year-old Evelyn Malin in McGregor.
Pippitt, a McGregor resident, will appear in Koochiching County District Court on two counts of first-degree murder. This Aitkin County case was moved to International Falls as a result of a change of venue.
Pippitt and four other men were charged with first-degree murder in the beating and strangling death of Malin in her Dollar Lake Store in 1998, which Malin operated for 53 years.
The others charged in the case were Keith Misquadace, McGregor; Raymond Misquadace, Bagley; Donald Hill, McGregor; and Neil King, Orr.
Keith Misquadace accepted a plea agreement Oct. 16 to a reduced charge of manslaughter in return for having other open cases against him -- including third-degree burglary, introducing contraband and fleeing a peace officer -- rolled into his first-degree manslaughter charge. He was sentenced to a total of 266 months prison.
Raymond Misquadace pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter June 30, 1999, and Hill pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Jan. 27.
Both Raymond Misquadace and Hill have yet to be sentenced and are being held as witnesses in the Pippitt trial, said Aitkin County Sheriff Dennis Landborg.
Raymond Misquadace and Hill have been transported between Aitkin County, Mille Lacs County and Benton County Jails to accommodate construction at the Aitkin County Jail, Landborg said.
King was acquitted of charges Oct. 28 as an Itasca County District Court judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict him.
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