Hearing moved up in Minot murder case

MINOT, N.D. – The courts have rescheduled the preliminary hearing and arraignment for a 28-year-old Minot man accused of killing his father earlier this month.

Christopher Vickerman will appear for the hearing June 18 at 9 a.m., two days earlier than previously scheduled.

Prosecutors have charged Vickerman with fatally shooting his father 55-year-old Mark Vickerman at Mark’s northwest Minot home May 10.

Investigators used surveillance footage at both Mark’s home and Minot-area businesses to identify Christopher as the suspect.

The murder charge is a AA-felony that carries with it a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A preliminary hearing is when the courts determine if the state has met its burden of proof to move forward with the charges, and the person charged then enters a plea at arraignment.