Hearing Postponed for Man Accused of Being an Accomplice After the Fact in Cloquet Murder

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Hearing Postponed for Man Accused of Being an Accomplice After the Fact in Cloquet Murder

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM CST

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com)
-- A contested hearing concerning a man accused of aiding an offender, being an accomplice after the fact in connection with the murder of a Floodwood woman is reset for later this month.

Clifford Thompson is accused of a criminal act after the homicide of 25-year-old Cristyna Watson.

Carlton County attorneys say the homicide took place on his property on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

But the attorney for Thompson Joanna Wiegert says the case against her client is weak, and nothing on the record proves the murder took place at Thompson's home.

In court Friday, Wiegert said that Thomson has not provided any incriminating statements, and there are no other statements against him.

Wiegert was frustrated the hearing was reset, saying Carlton County attorneys were not prepared.

Traditionally at a contested omnibus hearing, the State will call witnesses to question, proving probable cause to move to trial.

Carlton County attorneys did not arrange testimony Friday.

Thompson's bailed was reduced to 75,000 dollars, with a 7,500 dollar cash option. He remains in the custody of Carlton County.

Alyssa Peterson, the other person charged with aiding an offender, accomplice after the fact requested a contested hearing after the Thompson hearing, stating probable cause issues.

She pleaded not guilty to the crime.

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