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Published 12/17/2008, Herald Staff Report

Jury decides evidence lacking to prove former UND nursing student murdered Joel Lovelien
Supporters of Travis Stay didn’t hold back their emotion Wednesday. After nine days of sitting through witness testimony and legal sparring, they got the verdict they wanted. Shrill outbursts and cries of relief filled the courtroom when the “not guilty” verdict was read at 9:20 p.m., after about six hours of jury deliberation. Stay’s mother, Vickie, shouted, “Thank you! Thank you!” at jurors as they left the courtroom. And Stay’s brother, Josh, had just two words: “It’s done.”

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