WALKER -- Public Defender Larry Kimball announced Monday in Cass County District Court he plans to file for a change of venue in two separate first-degree murder cases.
Kimball appeared representing both defendants at pretrial hearings. Each trial is expected to run a week and a half.
He represents Cheyenne Anthony Budreau, 21, Cass Lake, who is accused of setting a house fire Aug. 20 that took the life of Faye Marie Nelson.
Budreau faces one grand jury indictment of first-degree murder, two each of second-degree murder, three of attempted second-degree murder, one of first-degree arson and three of second-degree assault.
The Cass Lake area house of Della and Jim Jones was destroyed by fire. Nelson was a house guest the night of the fire. She died of carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.
Della Jones was injured in the blaze. Jim Jones and the couple's son, Andrew, escaped without injury.
Witnesses reportedly told investigators Budreau and Andrew Jones had argued earlier that night. Subsequently, Budreau is reported to have threatened to burn down the Jones home, according to the court complaint filed against him.
Budreau is currently scheduled for a trial Sept. 9 in Cass County District Court.
Kimball also represents Kenneth Conrad Conger Jr., 16, Federal Dam, who is accused of beating Brian Jenny on a street in Federal Dam the night of Oct. 5. Jenny died two days later at a Twin Cities hospital of injuries consistent with a severe beating.
Conger faces two grand jury indictments of first-degree murder and four of second-degree murder.
He is accused of repeatedly beating Jenny with a baseball bat, then moving him to a ditch along Peter's Pond Road where hunters found Jenny the next morning in a near-death condition.
Conger reportedly told investigators he was in a "blackout" condition most of that night and does not remember much of the events surrounding the case. He said he did recall moving a person or body in a car that night, the court complaint filed against him indicates.
Conger is currently scheduled for a trial July 29 in Cass County District Court.
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