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Brandon Stahl

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Brandon Stahl covers Hennepin County courts, reporting on criminal justice, civil lawsuits, juvenile and family law. He previously worked as the investigations editor at the Duluth News Tribune, where his stories on physician malpractice and medical errors, drug abuse, tax dollar waste, sex offenders and police misconduct have won numerous state and national journalism awards.
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Warrants show deep dive into records of Castile, Reynolds, but not Yanez

Warrants show deep dive into records of Castile, Reynolds, but not Yanez

Investigators pored through social media accounts and cellphones, but less so for the officer who shot Philando Castile.
Yanez had limited training in defusing situations, records show

Yanez had limited training in defusing situations, records show

Instructors say de-escalation tactics might have helped during the officer's traffic stop of Philando Castile.
'Don't...get shooted,' girl pleads with mom after Castile is shot

'Don't...get shooted,' girl pleads with mom after Castile is shot

The exchange is captured in the latest videos released from the investigation into the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. On Friday, officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting.
Breaking down the dashcam: The Philando Castile shooting timeline

Breaking down the dashcam: The Philando Castile shooting timeline

On the evening of July 6, 2016, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stopped a white Oldsmobile driven by Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. Also in the car were Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her young daughter. Just one minute later, Yanez fired seven shots into the vehicle, fatally wounding Castile. This is a breakdown of key events shown in the police dashcam video. This article contains graphic content and language.
Castile file will be made public; family plans to sue Yanez

Castile file will be made public; family plans to sue Yanez

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said that it was preparing to release the results of its monthslong probe into the shooting death of Philando Castile, including dashcam footage from Officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad car.
Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

In closing arguments, a prosecutor painted Officer Jeronimo Yanez as someone whose testimony wasn't credible, arguing that Philando Castile "never reached for his gun, let alone put his hand on it."
Two plead guilty in shooting at Jamar Clark protest

Two plead guilty in shooting at Jamar Clark protest

The shooter, Allen Scarsella, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say they will seek jail time for both of the two accomplices.
Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

The officer took the stand to defend his shooting of Philando Castile in a traffic stop. "I had no other choice. I was forced to engage Mr. Castile. He was not complying with my directions," Yanez said.
Defense shifts responsibility for fatal shooting onto Castile

Defense shifts responsibility for fatal shooting onto Castile

Defense lawyers called St. Anthony Police Chief John Mangseth to the stand, where he offered praise for Officer Jeronimo Yanez, but did not comment about Yanez's actions in the fatal shooting.
Warrant: Head of Minnetonka-based prostitution ring still running operation from jail

Warrant: Head of Minnetonka-based prostitution ring still running operation from jail

Sex workers trying to raise money for Ricky Turner Jr.'s bail, investigator says
Attorneys for officer Yanez challenge Castile's girlfriend

Attorneys for officer Yanez challenge Castile's girlfriend

Diamond Reynolds wiped away tears as she recounted the night that her boyfriend Philando Castile was shot by officer Jeronimo Yanez. Later, the defense seized on Reynolds' marijuana use during cross-examination.

In Yanez jury selection, criteria for ideal jurors 'totally reversed'

When a cop is on trial, lawyers forgo convention.

Champlin man who ran bail bond firm pleads guilty to forgery in heroin dealer's case

Fake bond allowed release of drug dealer who would later be convicted of murder
Man arrested in slaying of mother, father in Eden Prairie home

Man arrested in slaying of mother, father in Eden Prairie home

They hadn't seen him for weeks and were fearful of his past violent behavior.

Warrant Forgiveness Day isn't a trap for mass arrest, organizers say

South Minneapolis event could help people get low-level charges dismissed
Accused heroin dealer who allegedly sold fatal doses stands trial for murder

Accused heroin dealer who allegedly sold fatal doses stands trial for murder

Beverly Burrell is accused of selling heroin that killed five from 2015 to 2016
Man guilty of attempted murder for shooting at 5 Somali men in Mpls.

Man guilty of attempted murder for shooting at 5 Somali men in Mpls.

The attack by Anthony John Sawina, 26, was described as a hate crime.
Six now charged in Bloomington robbery-turned-murder

Six now charged in Bloomington robbery-turned-murder

Three of the suspects appeared in court Tuesday.
Hopkins elementary employee charged with inappropriately touching students

Hopkins elementary employee charged with inappropriately touching students

Two students reported inappropriate touch by Eisenhower employee.
Two charged in robbery-turned-murder of Bloomington teen

Two charged in robbery-turned-murder of Bloomington teen

Three more also likely to face charges in the weekend shooting death.

Authorities ID 19-year-old Bloomington shooting victim

Corey Preston Elder died from wounds to his head and neck
Vascular pioneer Dr. Alan Tick Hirsch dies at age 62

Vascular pioneer Dr. Alan Tick Hirsch dies at age 62

Hirsch helped bring to the forefront the importance of preventing peripheral artery disease.
15 years in prison for gunman who shot five Jamar Clark protesters

15 years in prison for gunman who shot five Jamar Clark protesters

Judge rejects leniency plea from Allen Scarsella, who was sentenced Wednesday for shooting five black men at a 2015 demonstration following the death of Jamar Clark.
Judge bars cameras from Allen Scarsella's sentencing for protest shooting

Judge bars cameras from Allen Scarsella's sentencing for protest shooting

Audio recordings will be allowed, Judge Hilary Caliguiri ruled.
Mpls. man guilty of killing baby daughter; mental competency still in question

Mpls. man guilty of killing baby daughter; mental competency still in question

A trial will determine if Cory Morris was mentally ill when he killed Emersyn.
Mpls. police open internal probe into handling of U law prof's case

Mpls. police open internal probe into handling of U law prof's case

A review of police and court records provided by Prof. Francesco Parisi's attorneys shows that the Hennepin County attorney's office filed charges despite not getting any corroborating evidence.

St. Paul man gets 8 years for shooting victim in face at Minneapolis bus stop

A St. Paul man will spend the next eight years in prison for shooting a man in the face at a north Minneapolis bus stop…
After rape charges dropped, U of M law professor sues accuser

After rape charges dropped, U of M law professor sues accuser

Francesco Parisi seeks $50K after investigation finds no evidence in case.
Former Mpls. cop charged with felony assault appears in court

Former Mpls. cop charged with felony assault appears in court

Christopher Reiter was briefly jailed one day after he was charged with felony assault for kicking a domestic assault suspect in the face.
Ex-Mpls. cop charged with kick to face and brain injury

Ex-Mpls. cop charged with kick to face and brain injury

Christopher Michael Reiter, who was fired from Minneapolis police, allegedly kicked the man while he was on the ground, breaking his nose. Reiter was responding to a domestic assault call.
Mpls. man gets 5 years in case involving 2-year-old's drive-by shooting death

Mpls. man gets 5 years in case involving 2-year-old's drive-by shooting death

No one yet to be charged for murdering 2-year-old Le'Vonte King Jason Jones
Report: Poland confirms Mpls. man was Nazi commander

Report: Poland confirms Mpls. man was Nazi commander

A prosecutor in Poland says that evidence shows without doubt that a Minnesota man was a Nazi unit commander suspected of contributing to the death of 44 Poles.
All charges dropped against U law prof in case involving ex

All charges dropped against U law prof in case involving ex

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Thursday dropped all charges against a University of Minnesota professor accused of raping and stalking an ex-girlfriend.
On East Lake Street, debate heats up over 'livability crimes'

On East Lake Street, debate heats up over 'livability crimes'

Minneapolis is torn over whether arrests for drinking in public and loitering with an open bottle help or hurt.
Mother wants to know truth of daughter's shooting death

Mother wants to know truth of daughter's shooting death

18-year-old Allie Campbell was shot and died on the floor of a motel bathroom. The man who was there when it happened is on trial.
NAACP demands release of north Minneapolis print shop owner jailed since December raid

NAACP demands release of north Minneapolis print shop owner jailed since December raid

A felon turned businessman, K.B. Brown has been locked up since a gun was found in his home.
Judge upholds charges against two involved in Fourth Precinct protest shooting

Judge upholds charges against two involved in Fourth Precinct protest shooting

Nathan Gustavsson and Joseph Backman were with Allen Scarsella night of shooting
Judge tosses charges against man involved in 4th Precinct protest shooting

Judge tosses charges against man involved in 4th Precinct protest shooting

Daniel Macey faced one count of riot and five of aiding an offender.
Minneapolis man gets 20 years for near-fatal beating of his toddler daughter

Minneapolis man gets 20 years for near-fatal beating of his toddler daughter

Ticortier Collins admitted he also threw 20-month-old girl against a wall.

Charges: Struggle over gun led to accidental discharge, killing 18-year-old in Brooklyn Center motel

Cedric Lamar Smith is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
U law professor, alleged rape victim have extensive legal history

U law professor, alleged rape victim have extensive legal history

His lawyer contends rape charges linked to pending case over condo deal.
U Law School prof charged with sex assault and stalking

U Law School prof charged with sex assault and stalking

Francesco Parisi, 54, of Minneapolis, was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. His lawyer said the 55-year-old woman has "zero evidence" of her accusations.
St. Paul man attacked by police K-9 sues officers involved

St. Paul man attacked by police K-9 sues officers involved

Frank Baker's injuries prompted an apology from Chief Todd Axtell.
Family of Minn. boy whose death sparked reforms sues county

Family of Minn. boy whose death sparked reforms sues county

Eric Dean's death could have been stopped by social workers, other family, she claims.
Scarsella trial exhibits show deep-rooted racism before 5 were shot

Scarsella trial exhibits show deep-rooted racism before 5 were shot

Texts show that the man convicted of shooting five Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis wanted to be part of a "reserve militia" and spoke of shooting blacks.

Ex-Minnetrista insurance agent gets nearly three years in prison for stealing $260,000

A Minnetrista man was sentenced to 34 months in prison on Monday after he stole more than $260,000 from his clients. Paul Bardine, 55, pleaded…

Eden Prairie man pleads guilty in slaying of pregnant wife, her fetus

Yevgeniy Savenok, 31, will get 65 years in prison.
Jury finds shooter guilty of all counts in 2015 protest shooting

Jury finds shooter guilty of all counts in 2015 protest shooting

In a verdict met with surprise and relief, a Hennepin County jury convicted Allen "Lance" Scarsella of felony first-degree assault and riot charges.
Parents accused in Plymouth child's death fail to show up in court

Parents accused in Plymouth child's death fail to show up in court

A Hennepin County judge issued arrest warrants for a couple charged with failing to seek medical care for their gravely ill 7-year-old son before he died in their Plymouth home. The prosecutor says they've moved to New Zealand.
Jury to begin deliberations in case of man accused of shooting at protesters

Jury to begin deliberations in case of man accused of shooting at protesters

Allen Scarsella, 24, faces six counts of first-degree assault and one count of riot.
On stand, Scarsella tells his version of shooting at Black Lives Matter protest

On stand, Scarsella tells his version of shooting at Black Lives Matter protest

He testifies Fourth Precinct protesters were warned to "get back," then he shot.
Protest shooting suspect takes stand, with more expected on Monday

Protest shooting suspect takes stand, with more expected on Monday

Allen Scarsella is expected to resume his testimony on Monday morning.
Burnsville officer who testified about 'racially charged' texts resigns

Burnsville officer who testified about 'racially charged' texts resigns

Officer Brett Levin, a high school friend of the suspect in the Fourth Precinct protest shootings, urged him to turn himself in.
Before firing on Jamar Clark protesters, man sent racist text messages

Before firing on Jamar Clark protesters, man sent racist text messages

Allen Scarsella sent several racist text messages leading up to the November 2015 shooting.
Officer testifies that he exchanged 'racially charged' texts with accused protest shooter

Officer testifies that he exchanged 'racially charged' texts with accused protest shooter

Officer Bret Levin said he has been friends with Allen "Lance" Scarsella since high school
'I felt like I was going to die,' one of five shot at Clark protest testifies

'I felt like I was going to die,' one of five shot at Clark protest testifies

Teven King, 20, said he and others confronted Allen Scarsella before the shots were fired.

State pledges $400K to shrink number of Indian foster care kids

Disproportionate child numbers called "unacceptable,"and $400,000 will fund program mirroring successful effort for African-Americans.
Witness: 'Internet fame' brought him to Clark protest, where 5 were shot

Witness: 'Internet fame' brought him to Clark protest, where 5 were shot

Julio Suarez first attended the protest with Allen Scarsella, who days later returned and shot five.
Trial opens for man accused of shooting Jamar Clark protesters

Trial opens for man accused of shooting Jamar Clark protesters

Prosecutors say racist believes triggered shooting, while defense says shots were in self-defense.
Murder charges dropped against 2-year-old's father in Mpls. drive-by shooting

Murder charges dropped against 2-year-old's father in Mpls. drive-by shooting

No one is being held responsible for the July drive-by shooting that killed 2-year-old Le'Vonte King Jason Jones and wounded Peterson's 15-month-old daughter.

Mentally ill Mpls. man who killed mom wants life insurance money

The insurance company that holds the policy has filed a lawsuit in hopes of blocking his claim.
Charges: Man brutally beat Mpls. market owner on New Year's Eve

Charges: Man brutally beat Mpls. market owner on New Year's Eve

His wife said Minneapolis police were slow to act, making the situation worse than it needed to be.

Despite change in state law, cellphone tracking warrants still under wraps

Use of surveillance devices remains secret despite law that warrants be made public.
Summit Brewing sues 2 former employees, alleging sharing of trade secrets

Summit Brewing sues 2 former employees, alleging sharing of trade secrets

Microbrewer accuses two of conspiring to sell the company's confidential trade secrets to high-level executives for "a direct competitor."

Judge rejects mental illness claims in crash that killed Bloomington city worker

Marie Jessica Hall was swigging vodka, driving 100 mph
Criminal charges in Gophers football sex case still possible

Criminal charges in Gophers football sex case still possible

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is reviewing both the Minneapolis Police and U investigations and will decide what to do next by the end of next week.

County attorney to review U report on alleged sex assault

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, whose office declined to press charges, said Tuesday he will review the investigation conducted by the University of Minnesota following sexual assault accusations levied against Gopher football players.
Underage Gophers recruit also part of alleged sex misconduct

Underage Gophers recruit also part of alleged sex misconduct

The U says the recruit's involvement is not a NCAA or Big Ten rule violation.
5 of 10 suspended Gophers players also are facing expulsion

5 of 10 suspended Gophers players also are facing expulsion

Four others face a one-year suspension and another could get probation in the fallout from a student's sexual assault allegation in September. None of the 10 will play in the team's bowl game.
Judge denies change of venue for alleged Fourth Precinct shooter

Judge denies change of venue for alleged Fourth Precinct shooter

Pretrial publicity doesn't meet threshold, judge rules.
Hennepin County specialty court offers path out of homelessness

Hennepin County specialty court offers path out of homelessness

HOMES program keeps people out of jail and off the streets while helping the community by reducing in drug and alcohol abuse, crimes and cost to taxpayers.
One year later, four accused in Jamar Clark protest shooting still fight charges

One year later, four accused in Jamar Clark protest shooting still fight charges

One case headed for trial; three others want charges dismissed.
Lakeville parents want high-achieving son's suicide to prompt others to get help

Lakeville parents want high-achieving son's suicide to prompt others to get help

He died by suicide Nov. 8 after a long struggle with bipolar disorder. His parents say they hope his story encourages others to seek help often and early.
Man pleads guilty in 1998 murder of young couple in Minneapolis

Man pleads guilty in 1998 murder of young couple in Minneapolis

A double murder that had gone unsolved for nearly 16 years came to a close with a guilty plea Monday. Jason Preston, 37, admitted in…
Man cleared in Cold Spring killing loses defamation case

Man cleared in Cold Spring killing loses defamation case

A jury found that KARE 11 and the St. Cloud Times defamed Ryan Larson in reports about the killing of a police officer, but also that the reporting was accurate.
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