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Glensheen mansion case attorney Ron Meshbesher dies

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis attorney Ron Meshbesher, who began his decades-long legal career as a Hennepin County prosecutor and retired as one of Minnesota’s best-known defense lawyers, died Wednesday at age 85.

Meshbesher suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in the last years of his life and had moved into an assisted-living facility in Deephaven a few months ago, his brother said.

Meshbesher became a household name in the late 1970s when he won an acquittal for Marjorie Caldwell, who was accused of orchestrating the murder of her mother, Elisabeth Congdon, and a nurse at the Glensheen mansion in Duluth. This was just one of the roughly 70 trials Meshbesher would win over the course of his 57-year career, according to Minnesota Lawyer Magazine.

Meshbesher retired in 2014.