St. Cloud Death Charges 26 Sep 12

The 17-year-old accused of punching an MSU-Mankato student and causing his death in St. Cloud last week made his first appearance in court Tuesday. Jesse Smithers of Sauk Rapids has been charged with 2nd-degree murder, 1st-degree manslaughter and 1st-degree assault for the death of 20-year-old Colton Gleason of Greenfield. After the hearing, John Gleason thanked everyone for the outpouring of support since his son’s death. The judge ordered that Smithers remain in custody without bail and the Stearns County attorney filed a motion to try him as an adult. His next appearance in court is on Tuesday.