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Jury deliberation continues in Hokanson case

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A Dakota County jury was continuing its deliberation in the Tylar Hokanson murder trial in Dakota County District Court Tuesday morning. The trial began Nov. 1. Testimony concluded Monday morning, and the case went to the jury that afternoon.

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Hokanson is charged with murder in the second degree (unintentional) in connection with the June 19, 2009 death of his stepson, Nicholas Arthur Miller. He has denied causing the injuries which led to Nicholas' death.

According to the criminal complaint, Nicholas Miller, who was 18 months old, was in pain from a broken back, which made it difficult to walk or even breathe. His brain was bleeding and he had other wounds on his body. For four days, he received no medical help from his family.

On June 23, Nicholas turned blue as his stepfather and step-grandmother tried to revive him on picnic table in Maiden Rock, Wis. They called 911 for help. The ambulance arrived 23 minutes later. When the boy arrived at the hospital in Durand, he was pronounced dead.

According to the complaint, prosecutors say an autopsy and investigation found Nicholas had been abused many times in Greenvale Township, which is located near Northfield. Hokanson told investigators he shook Nicholas back and forth on June 19. He said he was mad at his sister-in-law at the time of the shaking.

The defense has maintained throughout the trial that the shaking did not cause the baby's death.

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