FARGO A Fargo man accused of trying to kill three others last year after a downtown bar fight plans to argue this week during his trial that he acted in selfdefense. Jury selection began Monday May 23 in Cass County District Court for the trial of 44yearold Brandon Roosevelt Grant. He faces three felony counts each of attempted murder and aggravated assault. The charges stem from an early Feb. 21 2021 shooting outside the Bismarck Tavern in downtown Fargo. Grant was in the bar moments before the shooting.
Willie Earl Carr Jr. of Moorhead confronted Grant claiming Grant sexually abused a child according to a criminal complaint. The Fargo Police Department had been at the time of the confrontation investigating Grant for claims he molested a child whom Carr knew Fargo Detective Troy Hanson previously said in court. Carr punched Grant multiple times according to a criminal complaint. Several people joined the fight but it was quickly broken up by bar staff court documents said.
Carr Tommie Trent of West Fargo and John Clemons of Fargo were escorted out the back of the Bismarck according to Hanson. Grant followed the men outside and wasnt escorted but it is possible he was asked to leave Hanson previously said in court. Prosecutors alleged Grant pulled a gun on the three men and shot them. Police responded to the scene around 1210 a.m. Grant fled the scene before officers arrived according to police. He was arrested about a month later at the Hotel deLuxe in Fargo.
Grant was trying to prevent the three men from harming or killing him defense attorney Steven Mottinger previously said in court. Carr and Trent each pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection to the fight. Carr was sentenced to no jail time. Trent was ordered to serve a day behind bars but he received credit for time served. Both were given nearly a year of unsupervised probation. The Cass County States Attorneys Office declined to pursue charges against Clemons. Officers forensic scientists and other witnesses are expected to testify. Its unclear if Grant will take the stand. Ternes told her office in December she was dating Hanson but Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski said he was not made aware of the relationship until last week.
Officers are supposed to promptly report any relationship that could cause a conflict of interest according to Fargo Police Department policy. Ternes has been replaced as lead prosecutor in the Grant case by Assistant States Attorney Paul Emerson. Mottinger said the relationship shouldnt affect the case because he plans to argue Grant acted in selfdefense according to States Attorney emails obtained by The Forum through an open records request. April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield N.D. where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and historypolitical science at the University of Jamestown N.D.