WALKER -- Jury selection began Tuesday for the first of several people to be tried in Cass County District Court in connect with the Oct. 5 murder of Brian Jenny at Federal Dam.
Leah Danielle Jenkins-Harper, 20, Bena, faces two felony first-degree murder charges and four felony second-degree murder charges.
Judge John P. Smith will preside at what is expected to be a weeklong trial.
Jenkins-Harper and Jenny are among several people, the complaint against her indicates, who were partying that night at a cabin in Federal Dam. They and Kenneth Conger Jr. decided to go to look for more beer, according to the complaint.
Conger reportedly left Jenkins-Harper and Jenny by an alley in downtown Federal Dam. During that time, she told authorities Jenny pulled two knives, which she got away from him by hitting him with a baseball bat, the complaint indicates.
She also told authorities she suffered a cut finger from one of the knives.
When Conger returned, he repeatedly beat Jenny with the bat, according to the complaint.
After returning to the cabins and obtaining the use of a car, Jenkins-Harper and Conger are alleged to have loaded Jenny in a near death condition into the car and moved him to Peter's Pond Road where hunters found him early the next morning.
Jenny was transported to a Twin Cities hospital where he died Oct. 7 from injuries consistent with having been beaten.
Not guilty plea entered
WALKER -- One of three youths charged in the beating death of Darryl Louis Bisson at Cass Lake Nov. 29 pleaded not guilty June 9 to two felony second-degree murder counts.
Darrell Jackson Johnson, 18, Cass Lake, entered his plea before Judge John P. Smith in Cass County District Court. An Aug. 11 pretrial hearing was set.
Bisson, who was legally blind, was beaten to death while he walked his dog in downtown Cass Lake. Cause of death was ruled as blunt force trauma to the head.
Court complaints filed against Johnson and two co-defendants in the case allege Bisson was beaten with fists and an ax handle and kicked.
Co-defendants George Raphael Boswell, and Jesse Royal Tapio, both 17, Cass Lake, have appealed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals their referral from juvenile court to adult court on felony second-degree murder charges. Johnson did not appeal.
The appeals court has yet to rule on the Boswell and Tapio cases.
Cass court appearances
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Kenneth Irwin Meyers, 37, Bemidji, received execution of the balance of a year and a day prison for violating probation he was serving for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime (sale). He will serve the sentence concurrently with other sentences he is serving.
Brandon Charles Brown, 20, Walker, was ordered to serve an additional 120 days jail for violating probation he is serving for felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. He was ordered to complete treatment and after-care.
Todd Edward Stangel, 41, Longville, was sentenced for felony first-degree DWI to six months electronic home monitoring and placed on seven years supervised probation.
Steven David Bruce, 24, Walker, was found in violation of probation he is serving for felony third-degree burglary and ordered to serve an additional 22 days jail beyond his original 45-day sentence.
Merrell Lee Hill, 32, Cass Lake, was found in violation of probation he was serving for felony motor vehicle use without consent and received execution of the balance of 15 months prison.
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