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Prosecutor: Child porn emerges in murder investigation

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Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

A new dimension to the case involving five teens accused of murder in the death of a Woodbury girl emerged Wednesday in Washington County District Court.

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During the initial hearing for Alexander Lee Claussen, Assistant Washington County Attorney Imran Ali noted that evidence collected in the case has turned up cellphone files that include suspected child pornography.

Ali later said the phone with the alleged child porn did not belong to Claussen, one of five people charged with third-degree murder in the overdose death of Woodbury High School student Tara Fitzgerald. Washington County prosecutors accused each of the five people of having a hand in distributing the synthetic drugs that led to Fitzgerald’s death.

Also at the hearing, Ali said he will not offer a plea deal to Claussen, who is accused of being at the top of the distribution chain.

“I am asking for a prison disposition at this time,” he said.

Claussen’s case was set for an Aug. 8 pre-trial hearing.

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