Post-conviction relief ruling appealed in Minot quadruple homicide

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Somali national serving four life sentences in a quadruple homicide in Minot in 2011 is once again appealing a lower court’s denial for post-conviction relief.

A jury convicted 34-year-old Omar Kalmio in 2013 of the killings of Sabrina, Dillion, and Jolene Zephier, and Jeremy Longie.

Kalmio originally applied for post-conviction relief in 2014, claiming ineffective counsel, though the district court denied the request in 2017.

In 2018, the State Supreme Court reached a split decision on Kalmio’s appeals. The high court upheld two of the lower’s rulings but remanded a third one back to the lower court regarding whether Kalmio’s appellate counsel prejudiced his appeal.

The district court again ruled against Kalmio, and again he appealed that ruling to the high court.

Kalmio contends his appellate counsel mishandled the admissibility of prior bad acts, and the court should have granted him an evidentiary hearing.

A hearing on the matter before the high court scheduled for this week was waived. According to the North Dakota District Court website, Kalmio is representing himself in the proceedings.

Applications for post-conviction relief most often arise when a person convicted of a crime believes he or she did not receive appropriate legal representation, in accordance with the sixth amendment.