ND Supreme Court upholds Fargo murderer's two convictions

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed Ashley Hunter's convictions on Wednesday, July 11, for murdering two men in Fargo three years ago.
Ashley Hunter appears in a hearing Wednesday, April 26, 2016, in East Central District Court on suspicion of the murder of two people in June 2015. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed Ashley Hunter's convictions on Wednesday, July 11, for murdering two men in Fargo three years ago.

Hunter appealed after a jury found him guilty of the two June 2015 murders, one by repeated stabbings and the other via hammer blows to the head. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders and 10 years in prison for arson.

Hunter's attorneys argued he didn't receive a fair trial and that the lower court erred in denying his efforts to suppress his statement to police because prosecutors failed to show he was given his Miranda warnings notifying him of his constitutional rights.

The justices, however, concluded Hunter "was advised of his Miranda rights before he was taken to the police station for the interview." Moreover, they said Hunter voluntarily waived his right to remain silent.

Hunter also failed to show his statement to an emergency room nurse was covered by the "physician-patient privilege" and his allegations that the judge was biased were "insufficient," the court said.