Jury finds Littlewolf guilty of murder

By KBJR News 1

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 6:59 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- After just over two hours of deliberation, a jury has found Joshua Littlewolf guilty in the murder of Joshua Olson.

The packed courtroom was somber as the verdict was read.

After an eleven day trial, Joshua Littlewolf was found guilty on one charge of second degree murder for the stabbing death of Joshua Olson at the Francis Skinner Apartments in Duluth in April of 20-12.

Olson's family who have been present the majority of the trial, could be heard crying in the back of the room as the verdict was read, while Littlewolf sat stoic and silent.

The guilty verdict came after nearly seven hours of testimony from Littlewolf himself on Tuesday.

Littlewolf represented himself during the trial, which is rare, and is the first person to ever do so in Duluth in a murder trial.

Dozens of witnesses took the stand over the last two weeks for the prosecution and defense.

Joshua Olson's siblings say they are relieved the trial is over with.

They are happy with the verdict and say nothing will bring Joshua back, but they finally feel justice has been served for their brother.

Olson's youngest brother Abrum said the violent way Joshua's life ended, was not the way that he lived.

His siblings say he would never hurt anyone and had never even been in a fight.

They want Olson to be remembered as a loving and affectionate father and a great brother.

Prosecutor Nathan Stumme told us that he is happy with the verdict. He says the community should be pleased with the quality of the legal system in this case. He also said they should be pleased with the jury and their devoted service during this two week. He said the jury was extraordinary.

Stumme said everyone involved did a fantastic job at ensuring Littlewolf received a fair trial. He added to thank the Olson family for their support and confidence in him during this case.

Judge Shaun Floerke revoked bail for Littlewolf and ordered a presentence investigation.

Littlewolf is scheduled to be sentenced on November 1.

He is facing up to forty years in prison.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com