Murder trial moved to Ellendale
WILLISTON, N.D. — A man accused of murder in Williams County had his trial delayed and moved to Ellendale.
Stensaker’s defense lawyers asked for a change of venue from Williams County due to heavy media coverage of the killing, and Nelson agreed to the request.
Stensaker is being held behind bars on a Class AA felony charge of conspiracy to commit murder in the April 2013 killing of Sjol. Sjol was reported missing April 24, 2013. His body was found in a private dump May 14, 2013.
Stensaker and four other people were arrested in the case but charges have been dropped against two suspects. A third suspect, Issac Steen, was convicted on a charge of hindering law enforcement. Theresa Steen is facing the same charge.
Sjol’s body was found on Issac Steen’s property with bullet wounds to the head, face and upper arms.