Dakota County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 438-8100
Appointed May 31, 1994, by Governor Arne Carlson. Elected in 1996, 2002 and 2008. His current term expires in January 2015.
William Mitchell College of Law (J.D. 1976); University of Minnesota (B.A. 1970).
Assistant Dakota County Attorney (1984-94); Private Practice (1976-84).
As Assistant Dakota County Attorney, Judge King was lead prosecutor in the trial of David Washington in which Washington, leader of a branch of the Gangster Disciples gang, was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder for the shotgun slaying of a 16-year-old boy in Lilydale in 1992.
Additionally, Judge King co-prosecuted (with now First Judicial District Judge Karen Asphaug) the Hebert trial in which Ricky Hebert, a Lakeville resident, was found not guilty of intentional second-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife Kate. However, Hebert was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder and manslaughter. St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 11, 1991, at A1.