ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Patty and Jerry Wetterling have sued the Stearns County Attorney and Stearns County Sheriff, seeking to block the release of certain documents in the investigative file into their son Jacob's kidnapping and murder. The investigative file was scheduled to be released Monday, June 5. But on Friday afternoon the county released a statement saying the Wetterling investigation materials will not be released Monday, due to pending litigation. The Wetterlings are asking a judge to review, and potentially block the release of, certain documents.
WALKER, Minn. -- A northern Minnesota judge has ruled that investigators improperly questioned the man accused of kidnapping and killing Watkins 5-year-old Alayna Ertl last August, deciding his first statement to investigators is inadmissible at any trial he might face.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.— A Willmar man has been charged with bias-motivated assault after a Somali cab driver said he was choked by a passenger while driving from downtown St. Cloud to a bar east of the city. Zachary Todd Degraw, 23, was in Benton County District Court this week to face charges of assault motivated by bias, a gross misdemeanor, and two counts of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.
MINNEAPOLIS — A man named as a person of interest in the 1989 disappearance of Jacob Wetterling pleaded not guilty Monday to 25 federal charges accusing him of possessing and receiving child pornography. Danny James Heinrich, 52, made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court to enter his not guilty pleas. His trial on the pornography charges is scheduled for July 11.