April 16, 2021

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New proof could delay demo in lethal Fargo capturing by months

The defense of Kareem Lee Byrd Jr., 21, stated Wednesday, April 7, in Cass County District Court it not long ago been given 41 disks with roughly 250 gigabytes of proof from the point out. The evidence incorporates interviews and cellphone calls bordering the 2019 fatal capturing of 38-12 months-previous Jason “Jay” Allen Halvorson near his meals truck, Texas Q BBQ and Catering, which at the time was parked at the former Sahr’s Unexpected Support station at 601 Fourth St. N., in Fargo.

Byrd is scheduled to go to trial July 20 on Course AA felony costs of murder and conspiracy to dedicate murder, two counts that could ship him to prison for life if he is convicted.

It won’t be possible to critique all the new information by July, even if the protection stops doing the job on other instances to target only on Byrd’s, explained Grand Forks lawyer David Dusek, who was assigned in late December to protect Byrd.

“There’s so substantially info to go as a result of,” Dusek claimed.

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Prosecutors allege Byrd and 32-12 months-aged Charles Edward Harris III of Fargo bought into an altercation with Halvorson on June 7, 2019. The duo then returned to Harris’ condominium, retrieved guns and returned to the foods truck to shoot Halvorson, court documents alleged.

No witnesses who may well have observed the shooting have appear ahead. Byrd and Harris were arrested through a site visitors prevent just after a Clay County Sheriff’s deputy saw the vehicle they were being in driving away from the downtown spot.

Byrd allegedly told police about the weapons they used in the capturing, in accordance to court paperwork.

Harris pleaded guilty past 7 days to murder and was sentenced to 25 decades in prison. He agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their circumstance in opposition to Byrd, but it’s unclear if he would testify in courtroom.

Dusek reported he and his client discussed a November date, but that was prior to they obtained the new evidence.

Cass County Assistant State’s Attorney Tanya Martinez acknowledged the defense has a ton of evidence to overview. Halvorson’s family members wants the scenario to go forward because it is pretty much two a long time previous, but they also recognize the protection requirements time to review the information so Byrd can have a truthful trial, she stated.

If the protection does not have more than enough time to evaluate proof, it could trigger an enchantment — a thing Martinez reported prosecutors and Halvorson’s spouse and children want to keep away from.

A new trial date experienced not been established as of Wednesday.