Arguments begin in Minot murder trial

Local News 22-5-2018 KMOT 23

MINOT, N.D. - Testimony began Monday in the trial of a Minot man charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend last year.

Twenty-eight-year-old Bradley Morales has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder.

Investigators say that Morales stabbed the woman in the neck during a dispute, and she died a few days later at the hospital.

Neighbors and the victim's mother took the stand, along with police, who testified to what was recorded on the officer's body cameras.

“This is not a case of whether or not the defendant stabbed Jane Doe. This is a case wherein at the end the state will be asking you to find him guilty of murder under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life,” said Ward County State’s Attorney Roza Larson in opening arguments.

“Bradley Morales is one of us. He's a member of this community, just like you and all of your fellow jurors,” said Steven Mottinger, the defense attorney for Morales.

Testimony continues Tuesday in Minot.

Morales faces the chance of life in prison if convicted.

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