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Thompson denied change of venue; charges upheld

A district judge on Monday denied a change of venue and dismissal of counts against a Cloquet man accused in the murder of a pregnant woman and her child.

Sheldon James Thompson, who is accused of killing Jackie Defoe, her unborn child and her 20-month-old son, faces two charges of murder in the first degree each for the deaths of Jackie Ann Defoe and her son Kevin Lee Shabaiash Jr., and one charge of murder in the first degree of an unborn child, premeditated.

In the order filed Monday, Judge Jill Eichenwald, denied his attorney’s request to move Thompson’s trial out of Sixth District Court i...

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