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A complaint has been filed against Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom for a chain of e-mails that played a role in a defense witness' decision not to testify at a murder trial.


He denies any wrongdoing in the case.

The case was at trial in November 2008 and involved Nicole Beecroft. She was accused of stabbing her newborn daughter more than 100 times.

Backstrom did not prosecute the case, which was held in Washington County.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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