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Feb 27, 2013 8:18 PM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News

Oldhorn appears on probation violation in Polson

POLSON - The man who was convicted of a 2005 murder, and was released from custody earlier this month, appeared in Lake County District Court on Wednesday.

Clifford Oldhorn was sentenced in 2011 to 100 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of 73-year-old Harold Mitchell Jr. But, Oldhorn's defense attorney says his client never took an active role in Mitchell's death.

A judge ordered his release earlier this month after ruling his confession was not given voluntarily. Less than a week later, Oldhorn was arrested for violating conditions of his probation.

Court documents say he had ammunition and a hunting knife in his room, and also blew a .138 BAC that same night. Oldhorn entered general denials for the alleged violations.

Judge C.B. McNeil denied Oldhorn's request to lower bond, but then questioned the Lake County Attorney's Office for information they recently released to the public.

"The court is going to address the county attorney's office on question of ethics, following a bail hearing involving this defendant in another matter that's not before the court now. This defendant never confessed in any case to any murder, and that should be corrected," McNeil said.

Oldhorn remains in jail on $30,000 bond.

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