Re-scheduled Trial Approaching for Man Charged in Death of Shea Stremcha

The re-scheduled trial date is approaching for Semaj Williams, one of the men charged with first degree murder in the death of Shea Stremcha.  Jury selection is expected to begin on November 6, with the trial itself likely beginning on Monday, November 12. Shea was killed during an invasion of his home located in an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood in south Minneapolis on July 20, 2011.  Williams has pleaded not guilty of the crime.

Shea's parents, Jeff and Leanne Stremcha are hoping that approximately 15-20 family members and friends will attend each day of the actual trial as a show of support for Shea. Jury selection is expected to last 3-5 days with the trial following. The trial is expected to last 5-7 days. To that end, an online sign-up process has been established to help facilitate attendance to the proceedings and to try to prevent over/under attendance.  The courtroom will have a total of 42 'observer' seats and roughly one-third will be reserved for immediate family members on each side of the case.  After that, seating is on a first come, first served basis. Anyone planning to attend, is asked to complete a sign-up form which can be accessed via the link below:

All trial activities are held in room 1456, Tower C, of the Hennepin County Govt Center on S 6th Street between 3rd Ave S and S 4th Ave in downtown Minneapolis.  Hennepin County District Judge, The Honorable Marilyn Kaman, will hear the case which will be prosecuted by Assistant County Attorneys Therese Galatowitsch and Sarah Hilleren.  Williams is being defended by Katie Rindfleisch of the Kamrath Law Group.