Attorney: Drop teen's murder charge


August 27, 2021

The attorney for a Cloquet man who fatally shot his friend will ask the court to dismiss a third-degree murder charge.

William Gatton, defense attorney for 18-year-old Joseph James Fohrenkam, said he plans to file a motion to dismiss the charge against Fohrenkam for lack of probable cause during a hearing Monday in St. Louis County Sixth District Court in Duluth.

During Monday’s hearing, Gatton and prosecuting attorney Nathaniel Stumme agreed on a schedule for filing legal arguments on the dismissal motion. Gatton has until Oct. 8 to submit his brief and Stumme has until Oct. 22 to rebut.


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