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Published September 26, 2023

Weapons in Jail 

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan

Murder Suspect Adds Charges

MINOT – A murder suspect that has been held in the  

Ward County Jail since December 2020, if facing additional charges. 

Shawnee Krall, 30, Minot, made an appearance before Judge Richard Hagar late Tuesday afternoon on charges of Possession of Weapon by Inmate-Knife or Dangerous Weapon, a class A felony, and Possession of Weapon by Inmate-Shard of Other Weapon, a class B felony. The most serious charge of the two, an A felony, is punishable by a maximum 20 years in prison. 

According to an affidavit filed with the court, a recent search of Krall’s jail cell resulted in the discovery of several “self-made” weapons, including a what was described as a “shank” and a “slung shot,” the latter a sock containing heavy items which classifies it as a dangerous weapon. 

Further, states the sworn statement, Krall sent a text message to his mother in which he’s “fed up” and “might as well start swinging in here. What do I have to lose?” 

Krall declined the use of Interactive Video Network for Tuesday’s hearing, choosing instead to appear in person in the courtroom. To do so, he was escorted from the jail under heavy guard. Earlier court testimony revealed that Krall has been involved in more than 40 alleged assaults while in the Ward County jail. 

Krall’s incarceration came as the result of arrests in December 2020 for Murder-Intentional of Knowing-Adult Victim, and Gross Sexual Imposition, both class AA felonies punishable by a maximum of life in prison without parole. The Gross Sexual Imposition charge was dismissed by the court in July 2023. 

During Tuesday’s hearing Judge Hagar asked Krall if he was indeed Shawnee Krall.  

“I guess so. That’s my name,” responded Krall. 

Krall also lamented his time behind bars, telling Hagar, “I’ve been housed in jail for almost three years.” 

Hagar set bond on the recent charges against Krall at $150,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for November 2 at 1 p.m. Krall, who was representing himself at the hearing, asked to apply for a court appointed attorney for future proceedings. 

Law enforcement says Krall is also responsible for the death of Alice Queirolo, 29, at a Minot residence. The case has had numerous twists and turns, including the tossing out of evidence by Judge Stacey Louser, a ruling that was appealed to the ND Supreme Court and upheld. 

The murder trial for Krall was scheduled to start earlier this week but was postponed by the court authorized withdrawal of defense attorney Breanna Delorme. Court appointed attorney Stormy Vickers, Fargo, has been named to replace Delorme for the murder case. No new trial date has been set. A status conference on that case is scheduled for Wednesday morning, Sept. 27. 

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