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The Animal Rescue Federation has lost a few puppies to burglars over the years, but never to a thief this brazen. A man who said he was interested in adopting a dog stopped at the Superior shelter Wednesday afternoon. After looking over the assortment, he asked to walk Yale, a young white pit bull. They never came back. Shelter director Sheila Love is offering a reward for information that leads Yale's safe return. "He's a beautiful dog," she said.
A 15-year-old murder case was laid to rest Friday when a jury of 12 found Michael David Mattson guilty of first degree intentional homicide for the beating death of Myrna Jean Clemons. "It takes a long time to get justice accomplished sometimes, so it's a good feeling," said Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank. "Ultimately the court has no option but to sentence him to life in prison," said Mattson's attorney, First Assistant State Public Defender J. Patrick O'Neill.
Twelve jurors have decided Michael David Mattson is guilty of murder. Mattson named himself a liar and a chicken -- but not a murderer -- in testimony Thursday. The verdict came about 4:30 p..m Friday. The Superior man faced a charge of first-degree intentional homicide for the beating death of Myrna Jean Clemons on Feb. 19, 1993, in the home the two shared. Mattson was on Huber work release from jail that day to work at the couple's scrap business.
Michael David Mattson is expected to take the stand in his own defense later today. The Superior man is accused of first-degree murder for the 1993 beating death of Myrna Jean Clemons in the Allouez home they shared. Assistant District Attorney Jim Boughner wrapped up his case for the murder charge against Mattson today in Douglas County Circuit Court by airing audio tape of two follow-up interviews with the Superior man.
Blood evidence and the words of the murder victim highlighted testimony Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court in the murder trial of Michael David Mattson. Mattson, 56, faces one charge of first-degree murder for the Feb. 19, 1993 beating death of his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons, in the Allouez home the two shared. Clemons was no stranger to violence. Her words, taken from the transcript of a preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court, recalled Mattson attacking her during a Nov. 6, 1992, incident. He had come in drunk and passed out on the couch, according to her testimony.
Michael David Mattson called himself a liar and a chicken -- but not a murderer -- Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Myrna Jean Clemons, 50, was found beaten to death on Feb. 19, 1993, in the home the two shared. Mattson was on Huber work release from jail that day to work the couple's scrap business. He was serving the jail sentence for two previous assaults on Clemons. "Did you hit Myrna Clemons that day?" asked Mattson's attorney, First Assistant State Public Defender J.
State crime lab experts today took turns hefting a piece of firewood that may have struck the killing blow to Myrna Clemons 15 years ago. Over a foot long and at least five inches in diameter, the log is marked by a protruding knot and three spots where blood-stained bark was cut out for testing. The blood on all three spots was from Clemons, DNA analyst Jennifer Zawacki testified in Douglas County Court today during the murder trial of Michael David Mattson. Mattson, 56, faces one charge of first-degree murder for the 1993 beating death of Clemons in the Allouez home they shared.
The scene painted for jurors by John Mattson Monday afternoon was chilling. The body of Myrna Jean Clemons lay still on the floor of the Allouez home she shared with his brother, Michael David Mattson. Blood pooled around her head. "I knelt down to see if I could help her in any way," John Mattson, 59, testified in Douglas County Court Monday, the first day of his brother's murder trial. "I knew it was helpless because she was cold.
The key piece of evidence in the murder trial of Michael David Mattson took center stage in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday. The audiotape of Mattson's confession to the 1993 slaying of his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons, starts like a coffee date. "Hi," Mattson says to Capt. Chad La Lor of the Superior Police Department. He is then introduced to Det. Kirk Hill. "Hi there, nice to meet you," says Mattson. The rambling two-hour interview on Oct.
The blow that killed Myrna Jean Clemons 15 years ago was brutal. It tore her scalp, shattered her skull, injured her brain and caused bleeding from her ears, nose and mouth, according to Dr. Donald Kundel, who testified Tuesday at the murder trial of Michael David Mattson, 56. Even if she would have received medical treatment immediately, Kundel testified in Douglas County Circuit Court, it would not have helped. Her injuries were so severe that she could not have survived them, he said. And she never saw it coming.