Prosecution wraps up case in New Brighton deer feeding dispute

Ramsey County prosecutors on Friday wrapped up their 1st degree murder case against Neal Zumberge. Zumberge is charged with several counts for gunning down his long-time neighbor Todd Stevens in an ugly feud that turned deadly on May 5, 2014.

Prosecutor Anna Christie presented the court with a surveillance video, from a camera that Stevens had installed himself, capturing everything that occurred the night of Stevens’ death. The video lacked audio and was a little grainy.

Jurors watched as Zumberge came around the side of Stevens’ home and peeked out around the corner a few times before opening fire while his wife Paula Zumberge argued with Stevens and his girlfriend Jennifer Cleven.

 Zumberge’s defense argued Friday that there was no proof that the death of Todd Stevens was premeditated. They asked the judge to dismiss the charge of 1st degree murder that would send Zumberge away for the rest of his life, but the judge denied the motion.  

 The defense Friday called Zumberge’s daughter to testify, she told the courtroom that she had seen Stevens drinking beer regularly. And on occasion, she saw Stevens carrying a concealed gun around his yard. 

 "I was always afraid of him,” said Zumberge’s daughter. "I didn’t feel safe living in that house anymore.”

 The case resumes Monday morning when Neal Zumberge is expected to take the stand in his own defense.


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