Convicted murderer files new appealA man convicted of killing and decapitating a friend in North Dakota in 2001 wants a judge to grant a new trial or throw out his conviction completely.
FARGO (AP) — A man convicted of killing and decapitating a friend in North Dakota in 2001 wants a judge to grant a new trial or throw out his conviction completely.
Dennis Gaede was given a life sentence for the slaying of Timothy Wicks.
Wicks’ body was found near the Michigan-Wisconsin border in January 2002.
Authorities say he was murdered at Gaede’s home near Gardner, north of Fargo.
The North Dakota Supreme Court rejected Gaede’s appeal last year.
The 45-year-old is now acting as his own attorney. He has filed an application for post-conviction relief in East Central District Court in Fargo.
Gaede says his attorney, Steve Mottinger, should have presented more evidence at trial and should not have kept him from testifying. Mottinger declined to comment.
Wisconsin officials said Gaede has been at the Waupun Correctional Institution in that state since 2006, serving sentences for 2001 convictions of harboring or aiding a felon and being a party to an escape. He is scheduled to be released from the maximum-security facility Nov. 25, and then go to the North Dakota State Penitentiary to serve his sentence for Wicks’ death.