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Judge's ruling closes hearing on evidence in shooting

The judge presiding over the trial of the man accused of killing a Blaine County sheriff's deputy has closed an upcoming court hearing to the public and sealed certain court documents for the immediate future.

At the April 13 hearing, attorneys for Lawrence Dean Jackson Jr. will argue that statements he made after the fatal shooting of deputy Joshua Rutherford should be suppressed because they were obtained in violation of the defendant's Miranda rights.

The judge's order, filed Wednesday, allows the Havre Daily News to obtain copies of the documents and attend the hearing. The order says t...


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