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35-year-old arrested on suspicion of murdering two people in north Fargo stabbing

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FARGO – Police arrested a 35-year-old Fargo man early Saturday morning who is suspected of killing two people in north Fargo.

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Officers arrested David George Stevens on suspicion of murdering a 23-year-old Fargo woman and a 30-year-old Moorhead, Police Chief Keith Ternes said in a news conference Saturday morning.

Ternes disclosed few details about the slaying, but he said the victims’ wounds appeared to be from a stabbing and that officers had enough probable cause to arrest Stevens, who is being held in the Cass County Jail pending charges.

Though he didn’t specify the relationship between the victims or the man suspected of killing them, Ternes said investigators believe they weren’t strangers.

“These are people who knew one another,” he said.

Police didn't immediately release the identity of the victims.

Detectives are still working on identifying a motive for the killings, Ternes said.

“I’m quite certain that’s something we’ll work towards uncovering” on Saturday, the chief said.

Ternes said he expects officers will continue to be on the scene for much of the day Saturday. A block of Seventh Avenue North – between 11th and 12th streets – was still closed to traffic Saturday morning and would be until at least the afternoon, he said in a news conference at 9 a.m.

Police received multiple 911 calls shortly after 2 a.m. reporting a possible stabbing at 1105 7th Ave. N., a 6-unit apartment building.

When officers arrived, they found two people dead outside the building, Ternes said. Stevens was still inside the building, he said.

Ternes said a confrontation of some sort began inside the residence. He declined to say if investigators have recovered a suspected weapon used in the killings, but he reiterated multiple times that officers believed there was probable cause to arrest Steven on suspicion of murder.

The 23-year-old woman who was killed appears to have been a tenant in the building, Ternes said. Initial investigation indicates Steven was not a tenant, and police are trying to piece together why he was there, the chief said.

It’s the second and third homicides in Fargo in 2013.

The only other murder this year was in February, when Ronald Rogers fatally shot his wife, Elizabeth Rogers. Earlier this month, Rogers was sentenced to 30 years in state prison after pleading guilty to murder.

Much of the investigation has been conducted outside in some of the first subzero temperatures of the season, Ternes said.

“It’s made their work just a little bit more difficult,” he said of investigators.

Ternes said there were two active warrants out for Stevens’ arrest, but both were for misdemeanors

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