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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Wealthy ND murder suspect getting public defender

  • An eastern North Dakota woman accused of killing her husband has been deemed eligible for a public defender even though she has listed assets of $2.3 million.
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  • An eastern North Dakota woman accused of killing her husband has been deemed eligible for a public defender even though she has listed assets of $2.3 million.
    KFGO radio reports that a judge approved the public defender for 60-year-old Sherry Midstokke, of Finley, because her son has had her assets frozen.
    Robin Huseby, head of the state's public defender's office, has asked the judge to review his decision.
    Midstokke is charged with Class AA felony murder in the death of 66-year-old Lyle Midstokke. Authorities allege she drugged and suffocated her husband, whose body was found at his home Feb. 3 after his wife called authorities.
    Prosecutor Charles Stock has asked for a mental evaluation of Sherry Midstokke. A status conference is scheduled Feb. 26.

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