Man accused of killing mother and Grand Forks police officer appears in court

Associated Press

The man accused of killing his mother and a Grand Forks police officer made a court appearance Monday for the first time since he was released from the hospital after a shootout with law enforcement. 

Salamah Pendleton, 41, made his appearance remotely from Grand Forks County Correctional Center. 

Pendleton is accused of killing 61-year-old Lola Moore and a 29-year-old officer, Cody Holte, during a shootout with law enforcement officers who had gone to his apartment to service eviction papers May 27. A Grand Forks County sheriff's deputy was injured in the exchange of gunfire. 

Pendleton's lawyers, citing new evidence, asked the judge for more time to prepare for his preliminary hearing, which is now scheduled for August 7, when a judge could decide if there's enough evidence to proceed to trial. 

The charges carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of $20,000. Bond for Pendleton is set at $1 million cash.