Jury in deliberations for Littlewolf murder trial

By KBJR News 1

Jury in deliberations for Littlewolf murder trial

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The jury in the Joshua Littlewolf murder trial is now in deliberations after both sides delivered closing arguments in St. Louis County Court this morning.

The jury will decide whether Littlewolf is guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the murder of Joshua Olson at the Francis Skinner Apartments in Duluth in 2012.

Prosecutor Nathan Stumme began his closing arguments around 10:30 Wednesday morning. He told the jury it is up to them to let the evidence remove any reasonable doubt and reveal the truth that Littlewolf intentionally and unjustifiably killed Olson.

Stumme casted doubt on Littlewolf's alternate perpetrator theory saying that Nakota Benjamin had no motive to kill Joshua Olson, was in no condition to fight, there was no blood on Benjamin or his clothing and no physical evidence to link him to the crime. He told the jury Benjamin's actions the morning of the murder were reasonable with finding a dead man in your apartment without any understanding of what happened.

Stumme reiterated to the jury that Littlewolf's animosity towards Olson built up during the day and that when Olson stepped on his ankle, that was the final straw for Littlewolf. He said that from Littlewolf's perspecitve- Olson accumulated quite a criminal history of offenses that day until Littlewolf handed down his final sentence.

Stumme said that Littlewolf intentionally killed Olson, cleaned the knife, monkeyed with the scene, left and hoped to never get caught.

He concluded that the jury needs to act with confidence beyond reasonable doubt to bring justice to Joshua Olson.

Littlewolf began his closing arguments around 11:25 a.m. saying that Nakota Benjamin's 9-1-1 calls to police were suspicious and his behavior during police interviews was questionable.

He claimed there is still a case of mistaken identity from other witnesses in the apartment at the time.

LIttlewolf said there was information not allowed to be shared during the trial that he believes would have discredited the state's case.

Littlewolf also said that not one witness for the state can corroborate Stumme's theory of the events that took place the night of the murder.

He went on to say there is also no physical evidence to link him to the murder weapon or being at the scene the time the crime took place.

He said he knows it is the state's burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he killed the victim, but that none of this was proven through individuals who took the stand.

Littlewolf, who is representing himself on the murder charges, recommended to the jury and the courtroom to never represent themselves in any situation. He said this was last six months of going through the paperwork and case work was very hard.

He wrapped up his closing arguments saying quote "he feels for the Olson family. A native brother was lost. A father of four. "

He thanked everyone for being in the court room for the duration of the trial and being a part of the due process.

Judge Shaun Floerke dismissed three alternate jurors, leaving eight women and four men on the jury panel.

Jurors were sent into deliberations around 12:20 p.m.

If Littlewolf is convicted on the 2nd degree murder charge, he could face up to 40 years in prison.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati