- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A prosecutor says DNA evidence links a murder suspect to a pair of shoes recovered from a Minot apartment building garage where a homeless man was found slain, but the suspect’s attorney says the man’s presence in the garage doesn’t prove he’s a killer.

The shoes were bloody except on the inside, and witnesses will identify the shoes as being worn by suspect Anthony Campbell, 38, Ward County Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Dillon told jurors Tuesday during opening statements in Campbell’s trial.

Court documents in the case are sealed, so the opening statements gave the first glimpse into the circumstances of the Sept. 15, 2014, death of Shannon Brunelle and the allegations against Campbell. The motive is still unclear.

An autopsy concluded Brunelle had been stabbed seven times in the back and neck, puncturing his lungs and severing his jugular vein. Other injuries on his body indicated a struggle and a beating before he was stabbed, Dillon said.

Campbell was arrested in Philadelphia after a nine-week search. If he is convicted of murder, he could be sentenced to prison for life without parole.

Dillon told jurors that during the two-week trial they will be shown pictures of a “nasty, bloody (crime) scene” in the garage, where the homeless Brunelle had been staying.

Defense attorney Samuel Gereszek said there are other explanations for Campbell’s presence in the garage, and that the state’s case doesn’t add up to proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

“Anthony was in that garage that evening, we’re not going to argue that,” Gereszek told jurors. “Just listen to everything that is presented (with) an open mind and open ears.”

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