crime-scene

1/6/2021

Kandiyohi County Judge Steve Wentzell this morning ordered the suspect in the 1974 murder of Mae Herman to undergo a mental competency examination. In a hearing held via zoom teleconference, Wentzell ordered the Rule 20 exam for 79-year-old Algene Vossen of Sioux Falls, who is charged with 2nd Degree Murder for the killing of Herman in her Willmar home on January 26th 1974. Vossen was an initial suspect in Herman’s murder but was never charged. A Willmar Police Department Cold Case Team reopened the case last summer and focused on Vossen. Eventually they matched DNA found at the scene of the crime with Vossen’s DNA, and he was arrested. A hair found on Herman’s body will be tested for DNA next week.