Stay of dismissal order granted in Okerman murder case

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


Although Judge Conrad Freeberg had dismissed murder charges against Warren John Okerman, Aug. 30, Freeberg has now granted the prosecution a seven-day stay of his order to give the prosecution an opportunity to file an amended complaint.

Okerman, 44, of Little Falls, was charged with third-degree murder in the June 1, 2012 death of Leslie Ellyn Peterson.

“Sgt. Jeremy Luberts (of the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office) and I teleconferenced with Ramsey County Medical Examiner Kelly Mills, M.D. and received further information, allowing us to amend the complaint,” said Morrison County Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich.

“It appears the judge relied on material submitted by the defense,” Kosovich said. “The defense material unfortunately relied on scientific data from 2001, regarding methamphetamine toxicity. We now have more recent data from the medical examiner on that issue and are including it in our new complaint.”