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Continued: Man cleared in Cold Spring cop killing sues KSTP-TV

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 28, 2014 - 11:17 PM

The station did not correct or rescind that broadcast when Larson was released from jail on Dec. 4, 2012, when investigators identified Thomes as a new suspect or when the BCA cleared Larson, the suit said.

Larson is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Asked Monday if reporters misinterpreted Larson’s arrest as an official charge signed by a county attorney, KSTP’s Roby said, “The police arrested and jailed a man and charged him, and we reported that.”

At the time of Larson’s arrest, Stearns County prosecutors had asked a judge to approve an extra 24-hour jail hold on him in order to review the case against him. They later released him without filing charges.

“Some of these are close calls; this one is not,” Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall had said at the time about the decision not to charge Larson.

Roby said Monday that the station did not consider retracting its Nov. 30 broadcast “because the story was true.”

 

Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708

Twitter: @ChaoStrib

 

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