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Trial begins in Hollerman murder case

By Joel Stottrup

Jury selection began Tuesday for the murder trial of Princeton area resident Steve Hollermann at the Isanti County Government Center in Cambridge.

Hollermann was charged last year with second-degree intentional murder of his wife, Deborah Hollerman, the evening of March 22, 2002.

Deborah was pronounced dead alongside Highway 95 about six miles east of Princeton about 10 that evening, following the report of an auto accident there.

Steve Hollermann had been driving a 1992 Jeep Cherokee with Deborah as his front seat passenger when the Jeep was reported shortly before 10 p.m. to have hit an unoccupied vehicle abandoned off the north side of Highway 95 as Hollerman was driving west toward Princeton.

The Jeep glanced off the abandoned car and then ended up in the ditch on the south side of the highway.

Authorities at first ruled that the cause of Deborah's death was due to the reported accidental collision. But authorities began digging into the facts of the incident, including where blood was found on the interior of the Hollermann vehicle, and ended up initially charging Hollermann with second- degree unintentional murder of Deborah. Isanti County Attorney Jeff Edblad later upgraded the charges to second-degree intentional murder.

Deborah was a longtime resident of Princeton and a staff worker in the office at Trinity Lutheran Church in Princeton. Steve had supervised the lab at Fairview Northland Regional Hospital, a job he quit after he was arrested.

Hollermann was released on bond while awaiting trial. His defense attorney is Craig Cascarano from the Twin Cities area.

Isanti County Court Administrator Susan LaBore said Monday jury selection would likely take all day Tuesday and could go into Wednesday.

Then the trial is expected to begin immediately, she said. The only exception to the proceedings starting on Wednesday is if the jury selection didn't get over until there was only about a half hour left of the courtroom day, she said.

The Union-Eagle will have trial coverage next week.

Editor's note: Just as jury selection was to begin Tuesday, defendant Steve Hollerman requested a bench trial. The prosecution began Wednesday and the trial continued calling its witnesses.

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