MINOT, North Dakota — The suspect in a slaying in Minot a year ago says he feels threatened in jail and wants to be moved to another lockup, but the judge in the case has refused to lower bond and demanded evidence of the alleged problems.
Anthony Campbell is accused of killing Shannon Brunelle, 25, who was found dead in a garage at an apartment building on Sept. 15, 2014. Campbell was arrested in Philadelphia on a murder warrant and an unrelated burglary warrant after a nine-week search.
Defense Attorney Samuel Gereszek told Judge Richard Hagar on Wednesday that Campbell has filed more than 50 complaints about alleged mistreatment by Ward County jail staff and inmates with ties to Brunelle.
"In one such complaint, he says that one of the jailers told a cousin of Mr. Brunelle, 'That's the guy who killed our cousin,' when he was being brought in — indicating Mr. Campbell," Gereszek said.
State's Attorney Rosa Larson said she found it strange that she had not been made aware of any threats, and questioned their legitimacy. The jail has been under close supervision by the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since an inmate was found dead last October.
"We're being watched like a hawk," she said.
Hagar said he will consider Campbell's request if he receives documented evidence of problems.
Hagar refused to lower Campbell's $500,000 bond and scheduled trial for mid-January. Campbell has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge that carries a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole.