New dates, venue set for murder trial

Shawnee Krall

The jury trial of a Minot man charged with murdering a Minot woman in 2020 has been rescheduled and relocated following a recent request for a speedy trial.

Shawnee Krall, 31, Minot, is charged with Class AA felony murder in the death of Alice Quierolo. His trial is now scheduled to run from July 29-Aug. 2 in Dickinson. This is the second time Krall’s trial date has been shifted, with a January trial date being continued by District Judge Stacy Louser out of concern that an impartial jury would not be able to be empaneled in Ward County.

During jury selection, it was found that many potential jurors had been exposed to information regarding inadmissible evidence in the case through local media coverage.

The evidence in question was ruled inadmissible by Louser in 2022, and the ruling was upheld in February of 2023 by the North Dakota Supreme Court after an appeal by the Ward County State’s Attorney.

The trial was then scheduled for November in Mandan before Krall filed a request for a speedy trial on May 31, which Louser granted after a status conference on Wednesday. The new trial date created a scheduling conflict for Deputy State’s Attorney Tiffany Sorgen, who is also the lead prosecutor in the murder trial of Nichole Rice. The date and venue of the Rice case is now also subject to change following a ruling by District Judge Richard Hagar, but a new date has not yet been set.

Krall is scheduled for a bond hearing on Friday, June 21.


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