Knapp found guilty of first degree murder

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Thomas Knapp

PLYMOUTH CO. Less than two hours after closing arguments Tuesday morning, the jury in the first degree murder trial of Thomas J. Knapp, 84, of Merrill, came back with a verdict.

Knapp was found guilty of first degree murder, a Class C felony in the shooting death of his stepson, Kevin Juzek, on May 10, 2020, at the family's home at 20139 Echo Road, rural Merrill.

The jury also found Knapp guilty on the following counts:

Count II - Willful injury, a Class C Felony;

Count III - Willful injury, causing serious injury to another, a Class C felony;

Count V - Domestic Abuse Assault, injury or mental illness, first offense, a serious misdemeanor;

Count VI - Domestic Abuse Assault, injury or mental illness, first offense, a serious misdemeanor.

The jury found Knapp not guilty on Count IV, Domestic Abuse Assault, display or use weapon, first offense, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The charges in counts 3-6 are for acts against Darlene Knapp, Juzek's mother and Knapp's wife.

Knapp will continue to be held at the Plymouth County Jail, and bond has been revoked.

Third District Court Judge James N. Daane thanked the jurors for their service before dismissing them from the courtroom.

Sentencing has been set for 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, in Plymouth County District Court.

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