Rochester Murder Suspect Deemed Competent For Trial
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The man accused of fatally shooting a Rochester man last fall today was ruled competent to stand trial.
27-year-old Malcolm Woods also entered not guilty pleas to the first and second-degree murder charges that were included in an indictment handed down by the Olmsted County Grand Jury in March. He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the murder of 38-year-old Brandon Arndt at his home at Bob’s Trailer Park in southeast Rochester last September 10th. His trial date has not been scheduled and Woods remains jailed on $2 million bail.
Two of Wood’s cousins, 34-year-old Kielah Parsons and 20-year-old Damien Klindworth-Woods, are facing second-degree murder charges for their alleged involvement in Arndt’s death. Prosecutors allege the trio mistakenly believed the victim had something to do with a medical emergency suffered by their grandmother the day before the deadly shooting.
Parsons is currently scheduled to stand trial next February, while Klindworth-Woods’ trial is scheduled in late January.