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ND Supreme Court upholds conviction for man who killed homeless woman

Anthony Campbell

BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s Supreme Court has upheld a murder verdict this week for Anthony Campbell, who was convicted of beating and stabbing a homeless woman to death in  September of 2014.

A jury convicted Campbell, of Philadelphia, Pa., in January 2016 of the murder of Shannon Brunelle, who was found in a friend's garage in northwest Minot.

Campbell, 40,  had appealed the conviction to the state supreme court, claiming that the trial judge allowed evidence regarding prior bad acts and should have allowed his expert witness to testify regarding all of his opinions about the murder.

Ross Rolshoven, whom the defense had hired as an expert witness, testified that he believed two assailants were present when the murder occurred and that it was gang-related.

The state objected and Judge Richard Hagar sustained the objection. Rolshoven was also not allowed to testify regarding all his opinions about the murder.

Campbell also objected that the judge should not have allowed testimony that he allegedly burglarized his ex-girlfriend's house in the weeks before the murder.

Campbell, who maintains his innocence, was sentenced to 45 years in prison, with 15 years suspended, at a sentencing hearing in May 2016.