Testimony Begins in Joshua Littlewolf Murder Trial

By KBJR News 1

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 7:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Opening statements were heard in in the Joshua Littlewolf murder trial in Duluth Tuesday.

Littlewolf is accused of fatally stabbing Joshua Olson at the Francis Skinner Apartments in Duluth in April of last year.

Littlewolf, who is representing himself, began with his opening statement saying another man was there when Olson was murdered and that he could be the actual killer.

Littlewolf said the knife that fatally stabbed Olson had two different blood types on it.

Scientists, he said couldn't identify whose blood it was raising unanswered questions.

Littlewolf admitted to stabbing Olson but said his cut wasn't fatal.

He said a number of people in the house had knives and others could have fatally wounded Olson during a fight.

The Prosecution also made its opening statement.

County Prosecutor Nate Stumme said Littlewolf was angry that night because Olson had stepped on his ankle.

Stumme said a fight ensued and Olson pulled a knife.

He says Littlewolf took the knife and turned it on Olson, killing him.

Immediately after opening statements the state called three witnesses who lived in the apartment complex.

Two of those witnesses testified that they heard men shouting around 3 a.m.

They said they heard a loud boom and then it went completely silent.
A third neighbor, May Anne Wallace, testified that she called police just after 2 a.m. due to the loud noise coming from the apartment.

Wallace says she overheard two men talking, possibly saying we "killed for this".

Wallace testified that she didn't think Littlewolf's voice was one of those she heard, prompting Littlewolf to ask the judge to play a 9-1-1 call from that night.

The jury did listen to a call to police.

Stumme says he intends to prove his case scientifically.

"There's physical evidence that the state has introduced or will be introducing. There's a lot of police officers testifying concerning their observations, statements they took from witnesses. Some eyewitnesses will be testifying. That's the thrust of the state's case," said Rex Laaksonen, Littewolf's Advisory Council.

The prosecution is expected to continue calling witnesses tomorrow.

The trial could last two weeks.

Littlewolf fired two public defenders who he said weren't putting his case as a top priority.

He then asked the judge if he could represent himself and Judge Shawn Floerke agreed but appointed a legal advisor.

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