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This case was filed in Hennepin County District Court on May 29, 2020. This page includes all public documents filed in the case, and other information that will be helpful to media covering the case. More information about the case is available by accessing the register of actions in the district court case management system.

Documents (with the most recent documents posted on top):

January 15, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 11, 2021

January 4, 2021

December 31, 2020

December 29, 2020

December 24, 2020

December 22, 2020

December 21, 2020

December 18, 2020

December 17, 2020

December 14, 2020

December 1, 2020

November 25, 2020

November 24, 2020

November 16, 2020

November 6, 2020

November 4, 2020

October 28, 2020

October 27, 2020

October 21, 2020

October 16, 2020

October 15, 2020

October 14, 2020

October 12, 2020

October 10, 2020

October 8, 2020

October 7, 2020

September 25, 2020

September 18, 2020

September 16, 2020

September 14, 2020

September 10, 2020

September 9, 2020

September 8, 2020

September 2, 2020

September 1, 2020

August 28, 2020

August 27, 2020

August 26, 2020

August 20, 2020

August 13, 2020 

August 12, 2020

August 7, 2020

August 5, 2020

July 31, 2020

July 28, 2020

July 27, 2020

July 23, 2020

July 22, 2020

July 20, 2020

July 17, 2020

July 16, 2020

July 13, 2020

July 9, 2020

June 30, 2020

June 26, 2020

June 25, 2020

June 24, 2020

June 18, 2020

June 16, 2020

June 12, 2020

June 11, 2020

June 10, 2020

June 9, 2020

June 8, 2020

June 5, 2020

June 4, 2020

June 3, 2020

May 29, 2020

The trial in this case is scheduled for Monday, March 8, 2021, at the Hennepin County Government Center.


Instructions for members of the media interested in attending the trial in this case, including instructions for reserving a seat, will be posted here when they are determined.

General Public

Instructions for members of the public interested in attending the trial in this case will be posted here when they are determined.

Cameras in Court Facilities

Recording devices are allowed in Minnesota District Courts under the conditions prescribed in Rule 4 of the General Rules of Practice. Media covering cases by audio/visual means are expected to be fully aware of all details contained in the Rule.

For more information about camera use Hennepin County Court locations, please read the Memorandum of Understanding Governing the Usage of Cameras and Recording Devices in Fourth District Court Facilities (pdf).

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Hennepin County has implemented additional requirements for entry to all county buildings, which include all Hennepin County District Court courthouses. All visitors will be required to:
  • Wear a face covering
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Do not enter the building if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms.

You will be required to follow Minnesota Department of Health social distancing guidelines while in the courthouse. Learn more about safety measures all courthouses are following to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by visiting the Reopening webpage.

Learn more about how courts have responded to COVID-19 by the Emergency webpage.

Rules of Criminal Procedures

The Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure govern the court procedures in prosecutions of felonies, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and petty misdemeanors in the Minnesota State District Courts.  Questions about the procedures for hearings and other parts of the case process can be addressed by referring to these rules.

Access to Exhibits

Access to case exhibits is governed by Minn. R. Pub. Access 8, subd. 5, which states that except where access is restricted by court order, “documents and physical objects admitted into evidence in a proceeding that is open to the public shall be available for public inspection under such conditions as the court administrator may deem appropriate to protect the security of the evidence.”  Additionally, the rule provides that in general evidentiary exhibits from a hearing or trial shall not be remotely accessible.

In this case, pursuant to Rule 8, the court has ordered that all publicly accessible documents related to this case, that are otherwise not remotely accessible, shall be posted on a public website. That order does not authorize remote access to any non-documentary exhibits (recordings). 

Obtaining Copies of Exhibits

The following exhibits in this case are available for copying:
  • Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2, Exhibit 3, Exhibit 4, and Exhibit 5 filed by the State on August 12, 2020.
Please submit your copy requests via Public Affairs, and we will begin processing your request.
Any requested copies will be available for payment and pick-up at the public service counter on the 11th floor of the C-Tower of the Hennepin County Government Center. This counter is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. You will be contacted once your copies are available for pickup.
Per Minn. Stat. § 357.021, subd. 2(2), plain copies of exhibits are $8 per exhibit. Payment via cash, check, or credit card must be submitted at pickup.