A North Dakota man on trial for an attack that killed four people


Fargo, ND (AP) —One of the most horrific mass slaughterers in North Dakota’s history. Four workers from a company gathered at a “coffee club” early one morning I was killed in just a few minutes. Three people were shot and stabbed. The suspect shot nine times, escaped with a knife, and cut the victim’s throat.

The horrifying 2019 scene that captured Mandan, a community of 22,000 people just outside the state capital Bismarck, was this week in a Navy veteran chiropractor and trailer house in the trial of Chad Isark, which is controlled by business police. It will be rehashed. “target”. Investigators say the evidence for Isaak is overwhelming, including clothing, pistol parts, knives and used shell casings, surveillance footage, bank records, Facebook and phone data.

47-year-old Isaak has been charged with four murders and fewer. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment. The jury selection, which begins on Monday, can take up to two days and the trial lasts about three weeks.

The attack killed RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner Robert Fakler (52), colleague Adam Fuehrer (42), and spouse Bill and Lois Cobb (50 and 45). Drink coffee early and chat.

Isaak’s lawyer refused to discuss the case prior to the trial, but court documents and public comments alleged that police were in a hurry to collect evidence, but Isaak had no reason to commit the murder. It suggests. No motivation provided By the police or someone in the company.

The jury wants to know why something happened, said Alex Reichert, Grand Forks criminal defense counsel.

“They don’t seem to know why,” Reichert said. “Can they be convicted without motivation? Yes. There is no motivation requirement. On the other hand, it becomes very difficult in unmotivated situations. I have dealt with unmotivated cases so far. Never. “

The defense lawyer has two hurdles to overcome before the testimony is heard. First, Isaac clashed with a lawyer and said he wanted to represent himself at some point. The judge dismissed his chief lawyer and told Isaac that in essence he needed to be represented by a well-known criminal defense team.

The second obstacle is the brutality of the killings, Reichert said.

“Absolutely it can rock the jury,” Reichert said. “Because they get angry. They get angry, worried, and it stirs up a lot of emotions. Emotions can cloud logic.”

Few players are talking. “We want to protect the rights of the accused and limit the possibility of pollution by the jury,” said prosecutor Gabriel Goter. The defense team at Fargo’s Vogel Law Office has not commented. Robert’s widow and co-owner of the company, Jackie Fuckler, was advised by Gotter not to comment. The families of the other victims could not be contacted.

Jackie Fuckler told the Bismarck Tribune in April that the company’s workers had little interaction with Isaac.

“We didn’t receive any insight into our motives, and we couldn’t find any insight inside,” she said. “Our thoughts on motives — finding motives does not regain the precious life we ​​lost, nor is it justified for any reason.”

According to court documents, surveillance videos show that the perpetrators enter the RJR in light-colored clothing and remain in dark clothing after about 15 minutes. A nearby McDonald’s employee told police that he saw a man in camouflage ski masks, black trousers and black shoes boarding a white Ford F-150 that morning.

Police later linked the vehicle to Isaak. At his house in Washburn, They found clothes Nine used shell casings, bent-tip knives, and kitchen freezer gun parts that match what they saw in the video. According to court documents, clothing, knives, and gun parts all smelled of chlorine bleach.

Bismarck’s Rolf Eggers bought a washburn mobile home park in 2018 and said Isaac “came to the park.” He didn’t know Isaac, but said Isaac’s neighbors didn’t complain about him.

Former owner Mike Nelson described Isaac as a “model tenant.”

“I paid his rent on time. I took care of his property,” Nelson said.

According to Navy records, Isaac joined the army in 1992 and left as a third-class non-commissioned officer, awarded the Good Conduct Strip and the National Defense Service Medal in 1997.