Dem-NPL chairwoman defends donation to legal fund of man who axed Sen. Hoeven’s office

Local News

Questions have come up over why Democratic-Non Partisan League Chairwoman Kylie Oversen contributed $100 to the legal defense fund of the man who allegedly took an ax to Sen. John Hoeven’s office in Fargo.

Earlier this week Thomas Starks, of Lisbon, was charged in federal court for the incident that happened in December. Oversen spoke with KX News earlier Thursday, confirming her donation, and saying it wasn’t political but out of an instinct to help someone with children.

She went on to say that people are innocent until proven guilty and she does not condone any sort of violence.

“Our indigent defense system in North Dakota and the country is underfunded, and I knew the kind of work that Mr. Starks does and I knew that he had a wife and young kids, and this was right after the holidays and that they wouldn’t be able to afford a private attorney on their own, so I felt this was one small way I could help his family in what they were going through,” Oversen said.

Oversen’s donation has taken heat from those at the North Dakota GOP, who said her donation was “inexcusable” and showed support for a “violent extremist.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Recent Videos

Minot State Basketball

Class B Basketball

High school basketball

Nationwide ammo shortage hits ND

Game warden scholarship available

Special Wishes 4

WDA Swimming

Rep. O'Brien releases statement

FNF pt. 1

FNF Pt 2

The Meeting Space

KX Convo: Tigirlily

Friday, February 26th, 2021 - KX Storm Team Evening Forecast - Dave Holder

New England Growing

Black History Wrap-Up

Thank a Resident Day

KX Storm Team Full Evening Forecast w/Tom Schrader 2/26

Wrigley Stepping Down

Drug Bust

Year in Parks

More Video

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

KX News Trending Stories

Latest Stories

More Local News