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February 28, 1988 | BARRY SIEGEL, Times Staff Writer
Lt. Clarence (Buzz) Harvey at first did not know what to make of the blonde 42-year-old woman who appeared at the front desk of this town's solitary police station on the morning of Sept. 18, 1986. Those in the station familiar with the downtown strip joints in nearby St. Paul might have recognized Jerry Ann Sherwood from her earlier tenure at Alary's Club Bar. Her features were still attractive, although the years had added a certain hardness and fleshiness. She had a story to tell.
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October 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Amother was charged in Long Prairie, Minn., with murdering one of her daughters and trying to kill the other by deliberately driving into a lake. Lisa Patchen, 28, was spotted wet and shivering on the shore of Lake Latimer in northern Minnesota on Sunday. Emergency crews found her daughters, Amber Johnson, 6, and Allysha Johnson, 7, floating unconscious about 300 yards from where the car was submerged in 5 1/2 feet of water. Amber was pronounced dead a short time later.
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February 29, 1988 | BARRY SIEGEL, Times Staff Writer
When Dennis Jurgens died at the age of 3 in 1965, authorities here never ruled whether his death was an accident, a homicide or the result of natural causes. They just buried the body in St. Mary's Cemetery, and after a juvenile court hearing, took custody of Dennis' 5-year-old brother Robert. The boys' adoptive parents, Lois and Harold Jurgens, returned to their house on Gardenette Drive, alone but free of any charge.
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October 21, 1999 | Associated Press
A man suspected for more than 27 years in the shooting death of his wife has apparently been exonerated by the confession of his former paper boy, now serving time for the murder of a college student. Gilbert Peppin was never charged but was the only suspect in the slaying of his 26-year-old wife, Phyllis, who was shot to death at their home on a summer night in 1972. He maintained his innocence, got married again and kept working as a barber.
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October 31, 1992 | Associated Press
A grand jury has indicted grocery store heir Russell T. Lund Jr. on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his estranged wife and her boyfriend. The Hennepin County indictment Thursday accused the Minnetonka millionaire of shooting Barbara Lund and former Iowa legislator E. Kevin Kelly on Aug. 5. His first court appearance to answer the charges was not immediately scheduled.
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July 17, 1997 | MIKE CLARY and TONY PERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A homosexual prostitute and reputed serial killer who is suspected of gunning down fashion designer Gianni Versace eluded a massive dragnet Wednesday, but officials said they were operating on the theory that he was still in the area. A spokesman for the Miami Beach police said the search for Andrew Phillip Cunanan, 27, a former San Diego resident believed to be in the midst of a cross-country murder spree, was at a "very sensitive" point.
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January 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
It is not necessary to define when human life begins to impose criminal penalties for killing a fetus, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in St. Paul. "The state must prove only that the implanted embryo or the fetus in the mother's womb was living, that it had life, and that it has life no longer," the court ruled. The opinion was issued in the case of a Rochester, Minn.
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May 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Minneapolis City Council approved a measure aimed at blocking enforcement of the federal law allowing the death penalty for some drug-related murders. It would have the city's law officers bypass the U.S. attorney's office if the death penalty were at stake. Officers instead would turn cases over to state and local prosecutors, because Minnesota has no death penalty.
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September 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Christian Scientist couple who relied on prayer in an attempt to heal diabetes complications that killed their son cannot be prosecuted for manslaughter, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. The 4-2 ruling said indictments charging Ian Lundman's mother and stepfather with second-degree manslaughter in the 11-year-old boy's death violated the constitutional guarantee of due legal process.
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August 27, 1992 | From Associated Press
A man died Wednesday after he was beat up by fellow bowlers in a dispute over a rented bowling ball, authorities and a witness said. "It was just a stupid fight over a bowling ball that escalated and tempers flew," said the victim's girlfriend, Laura King. Mark Robert Bullard, 28, of Brooklyn Park was unconscious and bleeding when officers arrived at Earle Brown Bowl in this Minneapolis suburb. He died at a hospital.
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January 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A gym bag that Andrew Cunanan left behind at the outset of a killing spree contained steroids, which are known to cause violent behavior when abused, a newspaper reported. Five vials of injectable testosterone--often used illegally by athletes to build muscle--were found at the apartment of Jeff Trail, according to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
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September 9, 1997 | Associated Press
A man shot and killed a woman before fatally shooting himself Monday outside a computer-manufacturing company. The woman, who worked for Magnetic Data, was shot by the man after they argued in a car as she was coming to work about 7 a.m., said Julie Meinzer, a police spokeswoman. The man, who did not work at the company, then shot himself. The two arrived at the company parking lot in this Minneapolis suburb with another woman who worked at the firm.
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July 17, 1997 | MIKE CLARY and TONY PERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A homosexual prostitute and reputed serial killer who is suspected of gunning down fashion designer Gianni Versace eluded a massive dragnet Wednesday, but officials said they were operating on the theory that he was still in the area. A spokesman for the Miami Beach police said the search for Andrew Phillip Cunanan, 27, a former San Diego resident believed to be in the midst of a cross-country murder spree, was at a "very sensitive" point.
NEWS
July 6, 1997 | From Associated Press
A man suspected of four slayings in three states was reportedly spotted in Oklahoma City driving the car that belonged to his latest victim, the FBI said. Two people reported seeing a person they believed was Andrew Cunanan over the past three weeks in Oklahoma City, driving a red pickup owned by one of his victims, the FBI said Friday. Cunanan, 27, of San Diego, is on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.
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May 11, 1997 | From Associated Press
Authorities expanded their search Saturday for a man wanted in connection with three slayings in the Midwest after a New Jersey cemetery caretaker was found shot to death. Investigators said they had no solid leads on the whereabouts of Andrew Phillip Cunanan, who is believed to be traveling in the caretaker's red pickup truck. "He could be anywhere," Sheila Horan, an FBI spokeswoman in Philadelphia, said at a news conference. "We're obviously trying to run down leads."
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October 31, 1992 | Associated Press
A grand jury has indicted grocery store heir Russell T. Lund Jr. on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his estranged wife and her boyfriend. The Hennepin County indictment Thursday accused the Minnetonka millionaire of shooting Barbara Lund and former Iowa legislator E. Kevin Kelly on Aug. 5. His first court appearance to answer the charges was not immediately scheduled.
NEWS
May 11, 1997 | From Associated Press
Authorities expanded their search Saturday for a man wanted in connection with three slayings in the Midwest after a New Jersey cemetery caretaker was found shot to death. Investigators said they had no solid leads on the whereabouts of Andrew Phillip Cunanan, who is believed to be traveling in the caretaker's red pickup truck. "He could be anywhere," Sheila Horan, an FBI spokeswoman in Philadelphia, said at a news conference. "We're obviously trying to run down leads."
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July 28, 1990 | From Religious News Service
A panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals has been asked to decide whether Christian Science parents can face criminal penalties if their children die after receiving only spiritual healing treatment for serious illness. The panel heard arguments July 11 in St. Paul on an appeal by Hennepin County of an April ruling by Hennepin County Judge Eugene Farrell that dismissed second-degree manslaughter charges against a Christian Science couple in the death of Ian Douglass Lundman.
NEWS
August 27, 1992 | From Associated Press
A man died Wednesday after he was beat up by fellow bowlers in a dispute over a rented bowling ball, authorities and a witness said. "It was just a stupid fight over a bowling ball that escalated and tempers flew," said the victim's girlfriend, Laura King. Mark Robert Bullard, 28, of Brooklyn Park was unconscious and bleeding when officers arrived at Earle Brown Bowl in this Minneapolis suburb. He died at a hospital.
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September 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Christian Scientist couple who relied on prayer in an attempt to heal diabetes complications that killed their son cannot be prosecuted for manslaughter, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. The 4-2 ruling said indictments charging Ian Lundman's mother and stepfather with second-degree manslaughter in the 11-year-old boy's death violated the constitutional guarantee of due legal process.
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