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Jury trial begins for man accused of prompting UJ lockdown

Katherine Marilyn Naumann, prosecuting attorney for the Stutsman County state’s attorney, presented the situation to the jury.

“It is not just one incident but a series of incidents covering a two-day span,” she said.

The incidents included student reports to University of Jamestown administrators that Flores had “sold his soul to the devil,” and talked about human sacrifices.

William Mackenzie, court-appointed defense attorney, said the incidents described by Naumann may be factual but didn’t describe the whole story.

“People will testify he was the nicest, most caring person at Jamestown College,” Mackenzie said.

Mackenzie said a combination of alcohol, depression and medications led to behavior that was uncharacteristic.

Mackenzie also said in his opening statement that Flores had received a mental health screening the night before the college shut down the campus and that he was meeting with community service staff to arrange doing his community service time from a previous conviction involving graffiti at the time of his arrest.

The trial continues this afternoon and tomorrow before Judge Thomas Merrick.