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Court hearing set for King

■ Court hearing set for King

The next court date for Karsen Bryce King, the 16-year-old Ironton male charged with second-degree intentional murder of his father Stanley Bryan King on Sept. 15, 2011, was scheduled for Feb. 25 in Crow Wing District Court.

A Minnesota Court of Appeals judge in September of 2012 affirmed the decision to try the teenager as an adult for the murder of his father. The teenager’s attorney sought to have that decision reconsidered, saying the district court abused its discretion by certifying the boy as an adult. Karsen Bryce King was 15 when he was charged with second-degree intentional murder of his father. According to court documents, six days after the district court’s decision to try him as an adult, Karsen King told his defense team he was sexually abused by his father. That sexual abuse was not brought up during sessions with the teenager in the aftermath of the shooting that killed his 57-year-old father.

Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan filed the motion for Karsen King to be certified as an adult and for his detention to be maintained in an adult facility. In January of 2012, the district court certified Karsen King to stand trial as an adult and later that same month, the district court denied Karsen King’s attorney’s motion to reconsider that decision. The court of appeals has backed the district court’s decision to try the juvenile as an adult.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Karsen King, the teen allegedly shot his father two times with a shotgun and told Stanley’s significant other that he was upset because they never let him do anything.

■ Sentencing date changed for Reed

LITTLE FALLS — Sentencing last week for a 53-year-old Sebeka man, who was found guilty Nov. 1, 2012, of first-degree arson for setting his own residence on fire on Aug. 24, 2010, was canceled in Morrison County District Court.

Judge Conrad Freeberg also canceled the sentencing and scheduled a motion hearing for Jan. 24 for Randy Donald Reed.

According to the criminal complaint, Reed was behind on the mortgage and that the mortgage company was foreclosing the home. Reed knew that the amount owed on the home was $127,000 and he had insurance coverage for $190,000. Reed said he spoke to his insurance agent a week or two prior to the fire, but they didn’t talk about his house insurance.

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