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Murder charges dropped against stabbing suspect, for now

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The Douglas County Attorney’s Office dismissed murder charges against Kody Klimek of Alexandria Thursday because crucial witnesses could not be located in time for trial. The jury trial was set to begin on Monday, May 5. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson explained: “Klimek is claiming self‐defense. Two key witnesses who observed the stabbing could not be located for trial. The law requires that these witnesses testify in person, in court. It would be irresponsible of me to present this case to a jury without these crucial witnesses and gamble with a verdict." Instead, Larson said he is dismissing the charges “without prejudice.” "This means that I fully intend to prosecute this case once these essential witnesses are located and available to testify," Larson said. "This case is far from over.” Klimek, 26, of Alexandria, was indicted by a Douglas County Grand Jury last June of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of third-degree murder. He was accused of stabbing Phillip Altstadt, 28, on June 1, near the Lincoln Estates apartment complex located near 6th Avenue East and McKay Avenue in Alexandria. Altstadt died at the scene within five minutes of the 911 call. The Douglas County Attorney’s Office is unable to answer additional questions because this case is still considered open.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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