Large brawl in Cass County leaves 1 dead, two seriously injured
At 6:36 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2013, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a fight
involving a number of individuals at a residence located in the 1300 block of Quill Ln SE, Ten Lakes
Township, approximately 13 miles east of Bemidji. Deputies and Leech Lake Tribal Police Officers
responding to the scene found a large group of extremely intoxicated individuals who were bleeding and
in various states of distress.
Emergency efforts were undertaken in an attempt to revive Leslie Headbird, age 44, of Quill Ln SE at the
residence. Unfortunately, Headbird was beaten so severely that he was pronounced dead shortly after
arrival at the Cass Lake Hospital. Two other victims, a male and female were also taken to the hospital
with possible life threatening injuries.
A short time later, a suspect was identified as Damion John Gullickson, Jr. 18, of Cass Lake, MN. He
was found in Cass Lake after he attempted to break into a residence and stopped a car on the street
attempting to jack the car and driver. He was arrested by responding Cass County Deputies and taken
to the Cass Lake IHS Hospital, later transferring to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center where he was treated
for minor injuries. A second suspect, Dora Jean Keezer, 29, of Cass Lake, MN, was also arrested. Both
suspects are lodged in the Beltrami County Jail for 2nd degree murder and assault charges pending
review of the case by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Crime Scene Team responded to process the scene for
evidence. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Leech Lake Tribal Police, Cass County
Sheriff’s Office, BCA Special agents, Minnesota State Patrol, Paul Bunyan Task Force, Bemidji Ambulance
and Leech Lake Ambulance.