2018 closed with Ken Andersen still wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. However, 2018 saw the state of Minnesota granting Ken a new hearing and new evidence was introduced to prove he is innocent. He is currently awaiting the Judge to rule on the following petitions. Of course, the state’s argument is that their theory and the mislead jury is infallible and anything else is a lie. Here’s the entire proceeding. Take the time and see for yourself.petitioner’s post-hearing memorandum
On Tuesday of this week, Ken Andersen appeared back in court to introduce new evidence that he is innocent of the crime of murder. I spoke with him on the phone Wednesday, and Ken thinks the hearing went very well. He and his attorney, were able to bring to light many new facts that add to a pile of evidence he is not the person responsible for Chad Swedberg’s murder.
This is a long process and very difficult to accomplish. If any of you are watching season 2 of Netflix’s “Making of a Murderer”, it is easy to have reasonable doubt either of those men committed that crime. In spite of a world wide audience that is convinced of their innocence, they both remain imprisoned. Ken’s situation is no different. Many people want to always give law enforcement the benefit of the doubt, and this is what occurs when all they desire is a conviction at any cost.
Ken outlined the process that is happening now, and believes he should hear an ultimate ruling in about five months. The media was mostly silent this week, except for Kevin Wallevand, at Channel Six in Fargo. Here is the interview he gave with Ken’s mother, Geraldine Bellanger.
This blog tells the story of how Kenneth Andersen was wrongfully convicted of the tragic murder of Chad Swedberg in White Earth, Minnesota. It contains police reports, police recordings, witness statements, and legal briefs that give in great detail how this came to be.
Currently, Mr. Andersen has an appeal before the State Supreme Court and is waiting a decision. One of the most difficult chores in telling this true story has been getting people to talk. Jurors and members on the community shun any publicity in fear of retaliation from authorities. Thank God for the brave souls who have come forward and shone a light on the truth of this awful crime. Ken and his family have asked me to offer a reward for information.
Starting today, Ken and his family guarantee a $5000 cash reward to anyone who comes forward and gives information that leads to Ken’s conviction being overturned and his ultimate exoneration. If you or someone you know has information about Chad Swedberg’s murder, that leads to Kenneth Andersen’s wrongful conviction being overturned, Ken being exonerated and set free, please do the following:
Contact me – John Bucher – at this blog. Under “comments” leave me a message of what you know and how to reach you. Your information will be kept confidential and not published.
Call Geraldine Bellinger at 218-204-0374
Kenneth Andersen’s latest petition asking the court to at least READ his list of defects of his wrongful conviction and new evidence that was not known when Becker County railroaded him into a life sentence for a crime he did not commit, will appear before the court on December 5, 2017.
After requesting and getting several extensions, the State of Minnesota has finally responded to Ken’s new evidence and motion for a new trial. They title it “RESPONDENT’S MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF ANSWER TO PETITION FOR POST-CONVICTION RELIEF”. I have included the entire 57 pages of the document in this post. It should be called “The state’s inflexible “THEORY” of the same half-truths and ignoring of new evidence in order to keep Kenneth Andersen behind bars because we really don’t know who killed Chad Swedberg and at this point we really don’t want to know and have to admit we are wrong.”
They begin by calling the first section “Andersen’s Murder of Chad Swedberg”. That leaves little room for doubt that they want a judge to believe them and not consider they may have it wrong. As they tell their version of this, notice the “state”, or whoever wrote this, still admits that no one actually saw the murder, or did anyone confess to it. Since they had nothing new, they simply re-tell the same story the original prosecutor did. This is after some notable attempts at intimidation, once again of some of these witnesses.
They still claim the ATV was enough of a motive for Ken to kill his best friend. They repeat once again Ken’s activities the day of murder without ever placing him at the scene. They NEVER mention Leslie Fain’s doubling of her husband’s life insurance the day of the murder.
They still don’t know the caliber of the gun that was used. They suppose everything John MacArthur said is true and everything Ken said to be a lie.Folks, you can not arrive at the truth with this much prejudice. This type of justice will put an innocent man in prison, and let a murderer go free.
They try to squash the fact of the 911 domestic call that morning.
While they admit they wiretapped Ken’s calls to his lawyer, they claim it still doesn’t matter, no matter how illegal it is.
Some of most incredible things in this document is how they claim Al Baker’s statement he saw shell casings and cigarette butts at the scene, by saying “just because he said it doesn’t mean it happened”. They go on the dismiss Stacy Weaver’s statement saying he saw Leslie Fain the morning of the murder ( making everything else she said untrue), by claiming this all comes to late and should not be considered because it is over the time limit.
I plea with the citizens of White Earth to demand a new and fair trial and let a new jury, one with Native Americans, consider the whole truth, not just parts of it, and decide if these facts matter.
Click on the link below to read it.
Here is Kenneth Swedberg’s version of what he remembered the morning his brother was murdered. You can also listen to his interview on this blog. See 2-16-15. One of the many things that is remarkable is that he doesn’t know who might have done this. Ken Andersen was not a suspect during all these interviews. He only became a viable suspect when law enforcement decided he was, no one else did.