David Chanen | Star Tribune
Reporter | Courts and criminal justice

David Chanen covers Hennepin County and appellate courts, and legal and criminal justice issues.


Charges: Man killed parents in Eden Prairie with screwdriver

The 38-year-old had recently been released from a civil commitment for mental health issues.


Minneapolis police will boost patrols over Memorial Day weekend

The goal is to find drunken drivers and add officers in trouble-prone areas of the city.


Man arrested in slaying of mother, father in Eden Prairie home

They hadn't seen him for weeks and were fearful of his past violent behavior.


Stearns County files in Jacob Wetterling case to be released June 5

More than 37,000 pages of investigative reports will be made public.


Judge officially rules 6 people as heirs to Prince's fortune

More than a year after Prince's death, a Carver County judge has officially determined that the musician's sister and five half-siblings are heirs to his massive fortune. Prince left no will.


5 more carfentanil-related ODs confirmed by Hennepin County medical examiner

Authorities continue to investigate the source of the deadly drug.


Consecutive life sentences upheld for then-teen shooter in 2010 Seward Market slayings

Mahdi Ali, then 16, killed three men during robbery of Minneapolis store.


The Rev. Mark Thamert, a St. John's University institution

Thamert died April 29 in the retirement center at St. John's Abbey. His cancer was diagnosed in 2014, and he offered up his illness as a final lesson plan.


Former nonprofit CEO Bill Davis sentenced to 4 years in prison

Former Minneapolis nonprofit CEO Bill Davis was sentenced Friday to 4 years in federal prison for misspending more than $800,000 on hotels, meals, a car and a trip with his fiancée — money intended to help low-income people.


Sex tourism case yields unprecedented nearly $1M judgment for woman

Panyia Vang's award from federal jurors in Minneapolis came after a three-day trial.