Minnesota judge: Son can testify at father's trialMANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a young boy can testify in his father's homicide trial in Blue Earth County.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a young boy can testify in his father's homicide trial in Blue Earth County.
Thirty-five-year-old Joel Marvin Munt of Burnsville is accused of shooting his ex-wife Svetlana Munt in a Mankato park last year while their three children watched.
District Court Judge Kurt Johnson ruled Tuesday only one of the children could testify if he's called as a witness. Johnson ruled he would testify from another courtroom away from the jury and his father to minimize any trauma. The testimony would be televised.
The Free Press of Mankato (http://bit.ly/mXNjXf ) reports the boy was 5 years old when his mother died. His sister was 7-years-old and his brother was 4. Their parents were battling for custody.
Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday.