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Two people facing murder charges for death of 24-year-old man

On Nov. 5, Minnesota authorities arrested two people in connection with the alleged homicide of a 24-year-old Willmar man. The decedent was found in a plowed field on Oct. 31.

According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, the defendants were arrested at around 5 p.m. for probable cause of second-degree murder and second-degree murder with liability for crimes of another. However, they have not yet been formally charged.

The decedent went missing around Oct. 24. His fiancée told investigators that she last heard from him at 3:42 p.m. that afternoon. She had a text exchange with him as he and a friend were coming home from a job orientation at a local dairy farm. They made plans to meet, but he never showed up and didn't respond to subsequent texts or phone calls. Police had been trying to track down leads regarding his whereabouts when his body was discovered in a plowed farm field just outside Willmar. According to court records, the decedent had past convictions for drug possession, harassment, violation of a restraining order and assault. However, family members said he had turned his life around and was expecting a baby with his fiancée. The investigation into his death is ongoing and has been assisted by officers from the Willmar Police Department, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force.

Defendants charged with homicide typically face harsh consequences if they are convicted, including decades in prison, steep fines and a permanent criminal record. However, a criminal defense attorney may represent a client's interests in court and work to build a defense against the allegations. In some circumstances, this defense might help the defendant get the charges dismissed or significantly reduced.

Source: West Central Tribune, "Formal charges pending in homicide of 24-year-old Willmar man," Carolyn Lange, Nov. 5, 2018

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