Guilty verdict reached in Chad Isaak Murder Trial

Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 2:17 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - A guilty verdict has been reached in the Mandan Murders Trial.

The jury deliberated for over four hours and found the defendant, Chad Isaak, guilty of four counts of murder, burglary, concealment within a vehicle, and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

During the three-week trial, the state outlined a case against Isaak saying that on the morning of April 1st, 2019, he entered RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan and brutally stabbed and shot four RJR employees: William Cobb, Lois Cobb, Adam Fuehrer, and Robert Fakler.

The defense questioned the integrity of the investigation, while the state depended largely on circumstantial evidence that included a fiber analysis of clothing found in Isaak’s possession and fibers found on the victims, and an examination of gun parts found in Isaak’s freezer.

Isaak did not react when the guilty verdict was read. In the courtroom, family members of the victims broke out in gasps and sobs.

Judge David Reich requested a presentencing investigation to learn more about Chad Isaak and allow for victim statements to be read. After the presentencing investigation, Judge Reich will schedule a sentencing hearing.

Isaak could face life in prison without parole.

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