Brittany Lawonn, Published April 02 2009
ND Supreme Court upholds Gibbs’ murder convictionBISMARCK – The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the 2007 murder conviction of Moe Gibbs in the 2006 slaying of a Valley City State University student.
The conviction was affirmed in a 5-0 decision, according to an order filed today. Gibbs’ attorney had argued that the former Barnes County jailer was not given a fair trial for the Sept. 13, 2006, death of Mindy Morgenstern.
Gibbs, 36, had argued in the appeal that he was not provided enough funding to put on a defense and a videotaped police interview should have been played during the second murder trial for the 22-year-old New Salem, N.D., native’s death.
Jurors deadlocked in the first trial. Gibbs is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his neighbor’s slaying.
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