Kruger remains 'only' person of interest in Wahpeton murder

The lawyer for 33-year-old Anthony Kruger argued in court that police are focused on the wrong guy.

33-year-old Anthony Kruger leaves Richland County court on Monday, March 27, 2023.
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WAHPETON, N.D. — A Wahpeton murder suspect was back in court Monday, March 27, trying to get more charges in the case against him tossed.

Anthony Kruger, 33, asked a judge to drop a meth charge and a gun charge.

Last month, for reasons that have yet to be explained, prosecutors dropped the murder charge against Kruger in connection with the shooting death of 40-year-old Jeremiah Medenwald in January .

Monday, a judge said the other two charges will stick, especially since his lawyer admitted Kruger possessed a gun even though he's not allowed to.

As for the murder case, the Wahpeton Police Department Chief Matthew Anderson said Kruger remains the "only" person of interest in the case, though Kruger's lawyer Jonathan Green said police are focusing on the wrong man.


"The truth will come out. The truth will come out. The fact is my client did not murder Jeremiah Medenwald," Green said.

The Richland County prosecutor said there is no timeline as to when she may refile the murder charge.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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