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Minot man convicted of killing girlfriend seeking new trial

August 24, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man convicted of murder in the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend last year is objecting to a presentence investigation and requesting a new trial.

A jury in May convicted 28-year-old Bradley Morales in the August 2017 death of 25-year-old Sharmaine Leake after an apparent domestic dispute. He faces life in prison when he’s sentenced Sept. 28.

Morales contends he should get a new trial because the state didn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he acted with “extreme indifference to human life.” Prosecutor Roza Larson maintains that the court doesn’t have authority to order a new trial.

The Minot Daily News reports that Morales also contends facts in his presentence report are inaccurate. Judge Doug Mattson ordered the investigator that did the report to attend the sentencing hearing.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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