Jury to continue deliberations in North Dakota murder trial

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Jury to continue deliberations in North Dakota murder trial

A jury in North Dakota’s trial against a chiropractor for killing four people ended its first day without making a decision.

ByThe Associated Press

August 19, 2021, 10:08 PM

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MANDAN, N.D. — The jury in North Dakota’s trial for a chiropractor who was accused of four murders ended Thursday without making a decision.

After three hours of deliberations the jury was dismissed. They were due to resume their discussions on Friday morning.

Chad Isaak is accused of fatally stabbing and shooting RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner Robert Fakler, 52, and his employees 42-year-old Adam Fuehrer, 50-year-old Bill Cobb and 45-year-old Lois Cobb at the company’s building in Mandan on April 1, 2019. The Cobbs were married.

Isaak, 47, lives in a mobile home in Washburn on property managed by RJR. No motive has been established in the case.

Prosecutors have presented the case as a puzzle in which all of the pieces point to Isaak, including a knife found in his clothes washer, gun parts found in his freezer and the security camera footage tracking his pickup, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Defense has portrayed the case as an attempt to rush to judgement, claiming that authorities have overlooked many people as potential suspects. Isaak’s attorneys also have questioned the sourcing, collection and processing of evidence.

They asserted that some witness testimony didn’t match police reports. Additionally, they questioned the visible bloodstains on clothing of one person who was seen leaving RJR at the time of the shootings.

A jury of six men and six women is hearing the case. Isaak could spend life behind bars if convicted.

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