Guilty Verdict in Deadly Minnesota Neighborhood Feud Trial
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been convicted of killing his neighbor in a long-running feud over deer feeding and other disputes.
A jury in St. Paul on Tuesday found 58-year-old Neal Zumberge, of New Brighton, guilty of first-degree premeditated murder and other charges in the May 2014 shooting of Todd Stevens — who was arguing with Zumberge's wife, Paula — and of the attempted murder of Steven's girlfriend, Jennifer Damerow-Cleven.
Prosecutors said Zumberge had a grudge against Stevens because of disputes including Stevens' practice of feeding deer, which Zumberge blamed for a case of Lyme disease he and his dog once contracted.
The defense contended that Zumberge believed his wife was in danger, and that Stevens was a troublemaking drunk who often carried a gun and routinely threatened the Zumberge family.