Murder hearing continued for Johnny Norwood


A hearing for an accused murderer was rescheduled Wednesday to Feb. 15 to give his new lawyer more time to research the case.

Johnny Cleveland Norwood, 26, is charged with murder in the death of Roger Falana, 30, on Nov. 29, 2015. His lawyer, Misty Nehring of Williston, told North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar that she was only assigned to the case in November.

The shooting happened at 3:10 a.m that day in the alley between the 10 block of 1st Street SW and South Broadway, the area immediately south of Bremer Bank. A caller reported hearing multiple gunshots. When police arrived at the scene, they found Falana and an unnamed 43-year-old woman with gunshot wounds. Both were taken to Trinity Hospital for treatment, where Falana was pronounced dead and the woman was treated. Norwood is also accused of firing multiple gunshots in the downtown area and endangering others.

The shooting incident reportedly had its origin in the Ice Cold Ryders motorcycle club clubhouse located on West Central Avenue before spilling into the nearby alley. Both the victims and the shooters are believed to have been guests of the Ice Cold Ryders and not members of the club. According to their website, the Ice Cold Ryders have chapters in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Minot.

Norwood could face life in prison without parole if he is convicted of Class AA felony murder. He is also charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and reckless endangerment, a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Because he allegedly used a firearm in all three crimes, a minimum four year sentence for each charge would be required. Norwood would also be required to serve 85 percent of any sentence he is given before he could be eligible for parole.

Norwood allegedly fled following the incident and was picked up by Las Vegas police in July 2016.