A Ceylon man accused of murdering his estranged wife’s boyfriend pleaded Not Guilty to 1st-degree murder during an appearance in court on Monday. 29-year-old Brian Daniel Freeman faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison for the killing in the City of Blue Earth in February. He allegedly used a hammer to assault his wife and 37-year-old Christopher Michael Fulmer while they were in bed in Fulmer’s home, and then is said to have attacked his wife’s two teenage daughters. The 3 women all suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack, but did recover. Freeman faces 11 felony charges, but in court on Monday his attorney indicated that he plans to argue that his actions were made in the “heat of passion” and that Freeman “basically just snapped.” If a jury agrees it could significantly lower Freeman’s prison sentence, although he would still serve at least 86 months if convicted of 3rd-degree murder. A trial date has not yet been set, but it will likely take place sometime this coming Spring.
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