Published On: Wed, Jul 14th, 2021

Lawyer: North Dakota Man Disturbed When He Killed Mother, Officer Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS
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FARGO, N.D.—The attorney for a man charged with killing his mother and a North Dakota police officer during a shootout with law enforcement who were serving eviction papers said Tuesday that although his client pulled the trigger to cause both deaths, he should not be found guilty of murder. Defense attorney Steven Mottinger told a jury during his closing arguments that Salamah Pendleton was experiencing “extreme emotional disturbance” because officers came to evict him and his mother from their Grand Forks apartment despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and later because he thought officers had killed his mother, for whom he was the sole caretaker. “Clearly he is distraught. He did not perceive that he was responsible for her death,” Mottinger said. “He was afraid. If that is not an extreme emotional disturbance, I don’t know what is.” Jurors were dismissed for the day after about four hours of deliberations. They …

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