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Homicide Conviction Argued at Supreme Court

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The State Supreme Court heard arguments today over a homicide case stemming from a traffic accident near Minot two years ago.

Justices heard from attorneys for Gene Evans and the state, regarding Evans's negligent homicide conviction.

The accident happened on July 12, 2011 - in the midst of the region's battle against record flooding.

Evans had delivered several generators to a cleaning company and was towing his empty trailer back home when the trailer came off his truck and hit an oncoming car, killing Denise Hoffert.

A jury found Evans guilty of negligent homicide, meaning jurors agreed with the prosecution assertion that Evans had failed to properly hitch the trailer to his truck.

Evans's attorney argues misconduct by prosecutors and that Judge Doug Mattson should have disallowed testimony from a witness who was not qualified as an expert.

Evans was sentenced to two years in prison and 63-hundred dollars in fines.

The State Supreme Court is likely to issue a ruling in several weeks.

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