Grand jury considers homicide case

From staff reports

An Olmsted County grand jury could begin discussing today whether to indict three men for first-degree murder in connection with a Rochester homicide case.

The grand jury has heard two days of testimony from witnesses called by Jim Martinson and Pamela Hester, who are assistant Olmsted County attorneys.

Grand jury proceedings are confidential, but authorities have said they would seek first-degree murder indictments in the Feb. 24 drive-by shooting death of Samoeun Sam, 19, of Rochester.

The three men already have been charged in connection with the shooting. However, a grand jury indictment is needed to prosecute someone for first-degree murder.


The three men in custody for the shooting are Michael Emmanual Hughes, 20, of Minneapolis; Viengvilay Phetsomphou, 20, of Rochester; and Samphan Roeun, 21, of Minneapolis.

Grand jury indictments can be either read in open court when issued or accepted by a judge, sealed and read later.

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