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Nissalke trial controversy


Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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A murder trial resulting in the conviction of Jack Willis Nissalke commenced from May 18, 2009 until Nissalke's sentencing on July 8, 2009, sparking quite a bit of conversation amongst locals.

Considering the trial relates to a murder occuring in Winona County in 1985, with 12 residents of Fillmore County serving as jurors for this trial, it's definitely become the talk of Fillmore County for several reasons.

The Defense

On Friday, January 16, 2009, walking out of the Winona County District Court, lead defense attorney Charles Alan Ramsay "was arrested Thursday [January 15, 2009] moments after his client Jack Willis Nissalke pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats against police attempting to collect DNA in their investigation into the 1985 stabbing death of Ada Frances Senenfelder," according to a January 17, 2009 article of the Winona Daily News.

According to reports from the Winona Daily News, Ramsay was charged with fifth-degree possession of cocaine and third-degree possession of three grams or more of cocaine.

Ramsay represented Nissalke throughout his trial, meanwhile facing two counts of felony possession of cocaine.

The Juror

One of the 12 jurors selected by both the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney had served 10 years in prison for murder.

Many people think that a convicted felon cannot serve on a jury and cannot vote -- losing all civil rights.

Contrary to common public perception, according to James Attwood, Fillmore County court administrator, "In Minnesota, if you are a convicted felon, and you have completed your probation or parole, your civil rights may be restored."

The juror serving on the jury for this trial completed his sentence, satisfied his probation and went through the process of restoring his civil rights, making him eligible to serve on the jury.

The Conversation

Fillmore County resident Brandon Koliha, a juror who served on the jury that convicted Jack Willis Nissalke for the murder of Ada Frances Senenfelder, was asked to come back to the Fillmore County District Court for questioning relating to possible juror misconduct.

Koliha testified that he had a brief conversation with Sandra Milne as she passed by Koliha while he was standing outside the courthouse during a smoke break.

Following sufficient testimony from witnesses based on questions from the prosecution and the defense, Judge Robert R. Bens .....
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The Club

Nissalke convicted and sentenced

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Court

By Jason Sethre

A Winona man Jack Willis Nissalke, age 43, represented by defense attorney Charles A. Ramsay, plead not guilty throughout his entire trial, concluding a nine week Fillmore County courtroom appearance with a conviction of four ..... 
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Criminal sexual misconduct trial by jury

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in Court

On June 8, 2009, a Caledonia man, Tyler Evertt William Weber, age 19, appeared before Judge Nancy Bostrack in the Fillmore County District Court, facing four felony charges all revolving around criminal sexual misconduct.

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Verdict expected soon

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in Court

The streets of Preston have been buzzing with vehicles and people since the beginning of the May 18 trial, now in its eighth week, focused on a Winona man, Jack Willis Nissalke, age 43, who was indicted on July 1, 2008 on four charges: two counts re ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Court

Felony Appearances

Dylan Douglas Hanson, of Stewartville, age 19, appeared in court on June 8, 2009, facing four counts revolving around the January 2009 theft of a hood from a 1998 Arctic Cat ZR 600 valued at $1,196, a hood from a 1997 Arcti ..... 
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Pretrial and jury selection

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Court

Since pretrial proceedings began on the morning of Monday, May 18, with 48 motions filed, the Fillmore County District Court #23, located in Preston, Minn., has been occupied with a jury trial relating to a murder that occurred in 1985.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
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Felony Charges/Appearances

A Wykoff man, Andrew Leigh Mullen, 42, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson on May 4, 2009, relating to three counts revolving around allegedly possessing controlled substances and conspiring to sell. Bail was set ..... 
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Fillmore County Court Report

Fri, May 1st, 2009
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On April 27, 2009, according to court documents, Winona resident Zachary David Zabrowski, age 30, faced seven counts, including two felonies and five misdemeanors, from an April 23, 2009 incident allegedly involving a victim residing in the Rushford ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
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Felony Charges

A Mabel man was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, April 14, with six counts of criminal sexual conduct.

According to court documents, it is alleged that Stanley William Bahr had sexual contact with a ..... 
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