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The MWL St. Croix Valley Chapter Presents: Anatomy of a Cold Case
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When: Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:00 P.M.- 1:30 P.M.
Where: Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd Street North
(Room TBD)
Stillwater, Minnesota  55082
United States
Contact: Mackenzie Campbell

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The St. Croix Valley Chapter of Minnesota Women Lawyers Presents:

Anatomy of a Cold Case Murder Trial: A Panel Discussion of Strategy, Skill, and Spreigl Evidence

Moderator: Paul Stenhaug, law clerk to Judge Gary Schurrer

Panelists: Judge Gary Schurrer, Jeffrey Degree, Patricia Zenner, and Rick Hodsdon

WHAT:          A rare opportunity to discuss the mechanics and strategy of litigating a cold case murder trial from those who lived it. Participants will engage in a discussion with the judge and attorneys who litigated the case of State v. Ture nearly 20 years later. 681 N.W.2d 9 (Minn. 2004). With the benefit of hindsight, they will share their thoughts on strategy, useful skills, and Spreigl evidence in the context of a real-life murder case study. CLE credit pending.

:          March 23, 2017, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

WHERE:        Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater, MN; Room TBD

:            FREE.

No RSVP required to attend. However, a light lunch will be provided from 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. and we would appreciate RSVP’s be sent to to ensure we have enough food for everyone and can accommodate any specific dietary restrictions.


In 1998, Joseph Donald Ture was tried and convicted of first-degree murder for the May 1979 death of Marlys Wohlenhaus. At the time of his trial, Mr. Ture had already been convicted of murder of another woman from West St. Paul in 1980. In the 1990s, the cold case murder investigation was re-opened by Everett Doolittle, a special agent with the BCA. The subsequent investigation, nearly 20 years after her death, would ultimately lead to one of several murder convictions for Mr. Ture.

The CLE will focus on the legal nuances of this case. However, if you would like to read more about the background from the perspective of the victim’s family, you may read the book by John S. Munday, Justice for Marlys: A Family’s Twenty Year Search For A Killer (2006).


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