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Morton out on bail

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Trevor Lee Morton, 30, of rural Spring Valley was released on $100,000 bail after completing a psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital.

Judge Robert Benson ordered the evaluation to determine if Morton was able to participate in his own defense. Morton is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Timothy Loeding of Rochester on August 29. The incident took place outside Mortons home in Spring Valley Township.

As part of the conditions of release, Morton must have daily contact with the Fillmore County Sheriffs Department. In addition, Morton cannot have weapons, use alcohol or drugs, and cannot have any contact with the victims family.

Mortons next court appearance will be on Monday, October 6, when the Rule 5 hearing from September 4 will be continued.

In another development, Morton has replaced his public defendor Fred Suhler, Jr. with a private attorney, Chris Ritts of Minneapolis.

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