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Crime North Dakota man convicted of murder in deaths of mom, cop

00:55  15 july  2021
00:55  15 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The attorney for a man charged with killing his mother and a North Dakota police officer during a shootout with law enforcement who were serving eviction papers says his client shouldn’t be found guilty of murder even though he caused both deaths . “He was a mess. That doesn’t excuse his conduct, but it sure goes a long, long way to explaining it, doesn’t it?” Mottinger told the jury. Jurors could convict Pendleton of manslaughter or negligent homicide charges if they don’t believe he is guilty of murder . Prosecutors are also required to prove that Pendleton did not act in self-defense, in which

The attorney for a man charged with killing his mother and a North Dakota police officer during a shootout with law enforcement who were serving eviction papers said Tuesday that although his client pulled the trigger to cause both deaths , he should not be found guilty of murder . “He was a mess. That doesn’t excuse his conduct, but it sure goes a long, long way to explaining it, doesn’t it?” Mottinger told the jury. Jurors could convict Pendleton of manslaughter or negligent homicide charges if they don’t believe he is guilty of murder . Prosecutors are also required to prove that Pendleton did not act

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man was convicted of murder with extreme indifference and other charges on Wednesday for killing his mother and a police officer during a shootout at his home last year.

This image provided by the Grand Forks County, N.D., Correctional Center shows Salamah Pendleton, 42, who is charged in the May 2020 killings of his mother and a police officer as law enforcement sought to evict Pendleton and his mother from their Grand Forks, S.D., apartment. Pendleton’s attorney says his client shouldn't be found guilty of murder even though he caused both deaths. Defense attorney Steven Mottinger told a jury during his closing arguments Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that Pendleton was experiencing “extreme emotional disturbance” because officers came to evict him and his mother from their Grand Forks apartment despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and later because he thought the officers had killed his mother. (Grand Forks County Correctional Center via AP) © Provided by Associated Press This image provided by the Grand Forks County, N.D., Correctional Center shows Salamah Pendleton, 42, who is charged in the May 2020 killings of his mother and a police officer as law enforcement sought to evict Pendleton and his mother from their Grand Forks, S.D., apartment. Pendleton’s attorney says his client shouldn't be found guilty of murder even though he caused both deaths. Defense attorney Steven Mottinger told a jury during his closing arguments Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that Pendleton was experiencing “extreme emotional disturbance” because officers came to evict him and his mother from their Grand Forks apartment despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and later because he thought the officers had killed his mother. (Grand Forks County Correctional Center via AP)

Salamah Pendleton, 42, opened fire on Officer Cody Holte and other officers in May 2020 while they were trying to serve him papers evicting him and his mother, Lola Moore, from their Grand Forks apartment. Pendleton shot his mother while firing wildly on the officers after they entered the home and he killed Holte during a second round of gunfire. Pendleton and a sheriff's deputy were wounded in the gun battle.

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FARGO, N . D . (AP) — The attorney for a man charged with killing his mother and a North Dakota police officer during a shootout with law enforcement who were serving eviction papers said Tuesday that although his client pulled the trigger to cause both deaths , he should not be found guilty of murder . “He was a mess. That doesn’t excuse his conduct, but it sure goes a long, long way to explaining it, doesn’t it?” Mottinger told the jury. Jurors could convict Pendleton of manslaughter or negligent homicide charges if they don’t believe he is guilty of murder . Prosecutors are also required to prove

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In addition to the two murder counts, the jury convicted Pendleton of two counts of attempted murder, terrorizing, reckless endangerment and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. He was found not guilty of one count of attempted murder and criminal mischief.

Pendleton faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

Testimony in the livestreamed trial in Grand Forks began on July 2. Jurors started deliberating Tuesday afternoon.

Defense attorney Steven Mottinger told the jury during closing arguments Tuesday that Pendleton had been experiencing “extreme emotional disturbance” on the day of the killings because the officers came to evict him and his mother despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He also thought the officers had killed his mother, but ballistics tests showed the bullet was from Pendleton's semiautomatic rifle.

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Grand Forks County prosecutor Carmell Mattison said Pendleton prepared for the confrontation by stocking up on ammunition and that he fired a minimum of 48 rounds using a “high velocity weapon with full metal jacket bullets.”

During the first exchange, Pendleton shot 20 rounds “blindly” through the bedroom wall, not knowing who was on the other side, Mattison said.

“The only person who was prepared on May 27, 2020, was the defendant,” Mattison said. Pendleton was “waiting for law enforcement to open that door so he could pull the trigger,” she said.

Pendleton testified Monday that he didn’t mean to kill anyone and that his mother was unintentionally struck by a ricocheting bullet from his rifle. He said that after he saw his mother’s body lying in a pool of blood, “I lost my mind and I didn’t know what to do.”

Mattison said there is no evidence that officers fired first, as Pendleton insisted. When Nord broke into Pendleton’s bedroom, it took less than a second before Pendleton fired a bullet that whizzed by his head, according to investigators.

Holte, 29, was the first officer to be killed in Grand Forks since 1966 and the 58th police officer in the state to die while on duty.

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