Trial Delayed for Northfield Man Accused of Burglary, Killing Family Dogs

The trial of Matthew David Jensen, 30, has been rescheduled to December.

Matthew David Jensen, Rice County Jail
Matthew David Jensen, Rice County Jail
A 30-year-old Northfield man accused of stabbing, choking and beating dogs to death has been given a small reprieve. 

Matthew David Jensen faces 10 felony charges: Five for burglary, four for torturing animals, and one charge of fifth-degree drug possession. On June 14, he pleaded not guilty to all.

He was scheduled to face a jury trial this upcoming Monday, but according to a recent article in the Northfield News Jensen's trial has been delayed for three months. The new trial date is Dec. 9. 

Jensen questioned the validity of the case against him in a handwritten note to the judge, filed on June 7, though he stopped short of directly protesting innocence. He told the judge that he posed no risk to public safety if released, and added that he believed another person could have been responsible for the rash of break-ins that occurred in May.

"There were multiple, four I believe, break-ins only a few blocks away from the ones I'm being accused of after I was already in custody, the night after in fact," Jensen wrote in a letter requesting a reduction in bail. 

Jensen is free, the Northfield News writes. He posted $35,000 bail on Aug. 31.
Christian Arthur Brumm October 03, 2013 at 09:54 AM
He's locked up again.
mike johnson October 09, 2013 at 06:52 PM
maybe we should let him have his day in court before jumping to conclusions...THAT"S the problem with the judicial system is youre considered guilty until proven innocent
Johnny Johnson October 14, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I'd love to spit some Beech-Nut in that dudes eye.
mike johnson October 14, 2013 at 09:48 PM
lol i think its funny how everyone hates this guy and we dont even know if he actually did it...all you people are terrible..you talk about how you have confidence in the legal system but dont honor it by allowing him his day in court. He hasnt gotten away with anything he has been charged with a lot of stuff. It doesnt sound like he has actually admitted to anything even though this news paper is making it sound like he did. And clearly he has issues and a drug problem but that doesnt make him a terrible person. Everyone has condemned this guy and if he did it then yeah screw him but if he didnt then the person who did is still out there...was there really a bunch of break ins after he was already in jail....i mean cmon people


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