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Suspect in shooting death of former Minnesota police chief granted more time to prepare defense

Morris Silas Dodd Jr. Courtesy Becker County Sheriff's Office

Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of rural Ogema faces one count of second-degree manslaughter and a second count of felony possession of a firearm.

His attorneys asked the judge for a continuance to give the defense more time to go through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report, the medical examiners report, search warrant documents and DNA evidence.

Becker County Attorney Brian McDonald objected to the delay. DNA evidence was submitted in January and the state’s final accounting of the evidence it intends to use at trial were turned over the defense in January, and no concerns have been raised by defense counsel, he said.

Citing the serious nature of the charges against him, Dodd’s attorneys asked for an additional six weeks to prepare his defense.

Judge Carlson agreed that the case is serous and granted a 45-day continuance, with Dodd’s next court appearance set for April 15.

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