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New Trial Being Sought For Woman Convicted In Lake Park Homicide Case

Wed 7-27-2022

(Spirit Lake)– A motion has been filed seeking a new trial in the case of Allison Decker who was convicted in the death of Angel Bastman of Lake Park. The motion, filed by Decker’s attorney, Ned Bjornstad, claims there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that “Decker committed an act causing the death of Angel Bastman on December 21st, 2020” in the basement of her home in Lake Park. The motion states that there was no DNA or forensic evidence such as blood, fingerprints, hair, or personal belongings of Decker that would link her to Bastman’s death. The motion also claims the state failed to show any evidence that Decker had any “plan” to kill Bastman. The state denies the claims and has filed a resistance to the motion. Court records don’t indicate when a hearing will be held on the matter.

Judge Shayne Mayer convicted Decker on all three counts against her, including murder in the 1st degree, theft in the 3rd degree and conspiracy to commit theft in the 3rd degree, following a bench trial in May. Sentencing is currently set for 10:00 am this Friday, July 29th, in Dickinson County District Court.

Another person charged in the case, Justice Berntson, pled guilty to a reduced charge of attempted murder as part of a plea deal and is currently serving jail time.