MN Supreme Court Affirms Wright County Murder Conviction

Minnesota case law summary by Attorney Richard Clem: criminal law.

State of Minnesota v. Keith Richard Rossberg. MN criminal law

In this first-degree murder appeal from Wright County, the Minnesota Supreme Court held:

1. The district court erred by admitting Spreigl evidence without identifying a precise disputed fact to which it was relevant, but the error was harmless.

2. The passage of time did not render evidence of the appellant's relationship with the victim irrelevant.

3. The appellant failed to show that any error in admitting hearsay evidence of the victim's statements to the police affected his substantial rights.

4. The appellant's pro se claims did not entitle him to relief.

No. A13-1241 (Minn. Aug. 4, 2014)

Please see the original opinion for the court's exact language.


Richard P. Clem is an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

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