Jury selection begins today for 19-year old Willmar man facing murder charge
WILLMAR -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin this morning in the trial of a 19-year-old Willmar man charged with murder in the death of a Ridgewater College student last July.
Miles David Edinburgh appeared Wednesday afternoon in Kandiyohi County District Court for a pre-trial hearing.
He faces a single second-degree murder charge for the stabbing death of Adam Kenneth Milton, 21.
The trial, before District Judge Jon Stafsholt, is set for today through Oct. 15.
Wednesday's hearing was limited to arguments on several motions by Edinburgh's attorney, Joseph Parise, an assistant state public defender, and First Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Connie Crowell, who is prosecuting the case.
The motions included which witnesses may be sequestered, or not allowed in the courtroom during other witnesses' testimony, and if certain evidence will be allowed to be submitted and how the court will handle it.
Edinburgh is also represented by Eighth District Public Defender Jay Liedman.
Milton died after being stabbed twice in the chest during a verbal and physical exchange with Edinburgh during an early morning incident July 20, 2008, near Evergreen Ridge Apartments.
Edinburgh, 17 at the time, was charged as a juvenile. Last October, Judge Stafsholt ordered he be certified as an adult. The case was put on hold while that decision was appealed. In April, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the adult certification.
Edinburgh was charged after Willmar police were called around 12:50 a.m. July 20 to the Evergreen Ridge Apartment complex, along the 1300 block of 24th Street Northwest.
Officers found a group of people around Milton, began first aid and called for an ambulance. Milton was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, where he was pronounced dead at 1:44 a.m.
Police found Edinburgh hiding under a car in a driveway along the 2700 block of 12th Avenue Northwest. He was ordered out at gunpoint and arrested.
A group of men told officers they were at an apartment, heard a knock at the door and opened it to find three men. They told the group to leave, but one of them, later identified as Edinburgh, hung around a vehicle in the parking lot. The men told him to leave, and punches and racial slurs were exchanged. Edinburgh then fled, with Milton in pursuit.
Milton and Edinburgh were "scrapping," when Milton fell to the ground. A witness told police Milton said "he poked me with something" before he saw the blood and called police.