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Trial begins for man accused of harassing Cold Spring family due to race

The 33-year-old is accused of crashing a stolen vehicle into the home of a biracial family


September 7, 2022

Jenny Berg, Star Tribune

Andrea Robinson, center, answers questions following the Cold Spring City Council meeting in July 2021. Her family - including daughter Jackie Umerski, husband Phil and daughter Olivia Williams, pictured from left - have endured harassment while living in the community.

ST. CLOUD - A Stearns County jury will decide in the coming days whether a 33-year-old Cold Spring man is guilty of stalking and assaulting a Cold Spring family because of their race.

"What brings us all together today is hate, rage, jealousy and attack," said Assistant Stearns County Attorney Jamie Reinschmidt during opening statements for the trial Tuesday.

Benton L. Beyer, who is white, is accused of crashing a stolen SUV in July 2021 into the home of Andrea and Phil Robinson, a biracial couple, because he suspected his girlfriend at the time was cheating on him with a Black or biracial man.


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