Robert Bennett Andrew Noel And Katie Bennett Obtain Grand Jury Transcripts In Officer Involved Shooting
In December 2015, Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel and Katie Bennett petitioned the Hennepin County District Court for the disclosure of grand jury materials relating to the deaths of Dawn Pfister and Matthew Serbus. Shortly thereafter, in a December 29, 2015 Order, Judge Daniel Mabley authorized the release of the grand jury testimony from six officers who were at the scene of the February 7, 2014 shooting of Pfister and Serbus on Highway 212 in Eden Prairie, MN. Judge Mabley ruled that the GBBS attorneys had produced sufficient evidence of collusion to satisfy the particularized need standard from Douglas Oil. In part, this evidence was based upon texts and a phone call log depicting communication between the involved officers.
This rare victory is believed to be the first time that Hennepin County grand jury transcripts have been released. For more coverage on this and other issues relating to grand juries check out the coverage by Minnesota Lawyer and Fox 9.