Two people have been charged with aiding and abetting a homicide in a murder case in Hitterdal. The allegations follow a missing person's report for a man from Wahpeton who was last seen on May 20 in the presence of the two people who were arrested, a 39-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman.
The man and the woman were with the missing man at a farm property in Hitterdal, according to court documents. The documents show that the 34-year-old woman is distancing herself from the killing of the man, indicating that the 39-year-old man arrested with her was responsible for the homicide. The documents say that the 39-year-old man came around a corner on the farm and hit the missing man with a yard rake handle and an ax in the head. The woman says that she was asked to hit the missing man with the ax as well, but swung and missed.
Court documents also claim that the missing man was taken to a small shed at the farm overnight and left there, but was found alive the next day. The woman then said that the arrested man hit the injured man in the head with a cinder block, killing him. However, documents also show that the man accused in the case claims that the woman was the one who dealt the deadly blows to the murdered man. He claims that he only helped to dispose of the body and was drunk throughout the events.
When people are accused of violent crimes like homicide, they need representation from a criminal defense attorney. Police interrogations can push people into confessing to crimes they did not commit. Legal counsel can provide assistance when dealing with police before charges are filed in order to protect the client's rights.