Third Grahek murder suspect begins court trial

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DULUTH, MN — Opening statements are underway for a third person suspected of killing a University of Minnesota – Duluth college student.

The court trial for Noah King, 20, began Tuesday morning in front of a St. Louis County judge.

King is one of five people being charged in connection with the fatal shooting of William Grahek, 21, in February of 2017.

Authorities say it happened during an attempted aggravated robbery in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood.

On Tuesday, Grahek’s mother and brother, the doctor who preformed the autopsy on Grahek, a Lieutenant with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, and four members of the Duluth Police Department who were on scene that day were called to the stand.

The state presented police body cam footage, snow footprint and autopsy photos, and recordings of two 9-1-1 phone calls that were made on the day of the shooting all as evidence, which was passed on and approved by the judge.

Grahek’s brother was questioned fairly extensively, as he was the one who made the initial 9-1-1 phone call on the day of the shooting.

King previously waived his right to a jury trial, leaving a judge to decide if he is guilty of first-degree murder.

Deandre Davenport, 22, is also facing first degree murder charges in this case.

His trial is scheduled for December fourth.

Two others involved in the case- Noah Baker and Tara Baker – have already been sentenced.

Another defendant, who is charged with aiding an offender, is expected to be tried next year.

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