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Henderson’s murder trial set for Dec. 17

Concealment charges dropped by prosecution

HENNEPIN — The murder trial for Richard A. Henderson has been scheduled to begin Dec. 17.

Henderson, 26, is charged with three counts of murder for the death of 16-year-old Diamond Bradley of Spring Valley. Bradley was last seen on Jan. 23. She was reported missing the next day and found stabbed to death alongside a rural Putnam County road on Jan. 27.

Henderson was taken into custody on Feb. 5 after investigators linked him to Bradley through interviews, surveillance footage and cell phone data.

He was initially charged with the Class 3 felony of concealment of a homicidal death and was being held on a $1 million bond. Public Defender Roger Bolin successfully got that charge dropped during a Sept. 6 status hearing.

Bolin has argued the 120-day limit of the Speedy Trial Act has been exceeded, and Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd-Mennie agreed to drop the charge to focus on the murder charges.

The three additional felony murder charges entered on Aug. 30 each carry concurrent $1 million bonds with 10 percent to apply. Henderson has entered pleas of not guilty on all counts and will decide whether to have a bench or jury trial at a Sept. 13 status hearing.

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