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| February 26, 2021

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Jury acquits Kuula; rules fatal stabbing was in self defense

A woman held in jail for more than a year after her arrest, was found not guilty on a charge of second-degree reckless homicide Friday, Feb. 19, after a five-day trial in Barron County Circuit Court.

A 12-member jury deliberated for about four hours Friday afternoon before returning a not-guilty verdict in the trial of Melanie Kuula, 45, who had been charged in connection with the stabbing death of her 50-year-old boyfriend, Brett M. Bents, on Aug. 10, 2019, at an apartment building on Soo Avenue in Almena.

The decision in the case is final and no further action is anticipated by prosecutors, according to District Attorney Brian Wright.

“The jury found Ms. Kuula not guilty and that ends the matter,” he said Monday, Feb. 22.

Court records said the trial lasted much of the week, and didn’t go to the jury until about noontime Friday, Feb. 19, following closing statements by Assistant District Attorney John O’Boyle and defense attorney Ryan Raymond, public defender.

Self-defense appeared to be the central argument of the case. Both closing statements revolved around whether or not the defendant committed the act out of fear for her own safety or should be held accountable for a “crime of passion,” court records said.

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Read the entire article here: Chetek Alert

UPDATE Victim of burglary arrested after allegedly shooting, kidnapping 16-year-old suspected burglar

BATON ROUGE – Three 16-year-old juveniles are facing charges of vehicular burglary after a crime spree in a Baton Rouge apartment complex early Wednesday morning. One of the suspects was shot while attempting to break into a car.

Representatives with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) and the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) were among those who responded to the incident.

According to an official record, BRPD officers were dispatched to Jennifer Jean Drive, as this area is in BRPD’s jurisdiction, and discovered a male teenager, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Officials say police rendered aid to the young man until emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene and rushed the teen to an area hospital where he is in reportedly critical condition, but stable.

Police reported seeing a man named Maurice Mark at the crime scene, sitting in a vehicle. According to the official report, police took Mark into custody for questioning.

While interviewing Mark, police say he admitted to shooting the young man because the youth and an accomplice had been trying to burglarize his truck.

Mark explained, according to an official report, that he was at his sister’s apartment, asleep, when a noise outside woke him up. Mark claimed he went to the window to investigate and saw two black males in ski masks breaking into his truck.

So, Mark claimed he proceeded to arm himself with a handgun, go outside, and confront the burglars.

While approaching them, Mark said he noticed one of them holding something that appeared to be a weapon, which Mark told police “could have been a screwdriver or tool.” But, in the heat of the moment, Mark feared the item was a handgun.

No Score. Read the rest of the update here: WBRZ

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  1. USAFRetired says:

    Who keeps 10 grand in cash in their vehicle?

  2. KoB says:

    If there is only one story to be told, make sure it is your story that is being told. “Crime of passion”? Prolly ain’t the FIRST time homeboy has cheated, but it certainly become the LAST time.

    Figured we’d see some follow up on the pick truck break in story. Dumbass! Still gotta wonder how dude had $10K in cash, and why he left it in the truck instead of taking it into sister’s aprt with him.

    Lubs me some of Colonel Colt’s SAA. The pistol that won the Hollywood West…even before it was invented. Still covet Paladin’s Custom built Peacemaker Version, and Matthew Dillon’s original that he used. fapfapfapfapfapfapfapfapfapfapfap

    • David says:

      I think the earliest I see SAAs placed in movies is during the Texas Revolution, 38 years prior to its actual use. Makes McQueen’s 25 year pre-dated mare’s leg look almost accurate.

  3. MI Ranger says:

    What I don’t understand is…if he caught them in the process of breaking in to his vehicle how did they get away and stash the $10K or did they steal it before and he is finally getting his money back from the previous break in?
    I did not see any updates to the story, but maybe when I read it yesterday it had already been updated.

  4. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist says:

    So. Mr “Victim” has been arrested and charged.
    Did he recover, and does he get to keep, his $10k?

  5. Green Thumb says:

    Spent a year in jail then released.


    • Haywire Angel says:

      That’s quick compared to some I’ve seen in my AOR. Right to a trial in the same year rarely happens.