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Suspect charged in Ogema man's death

An Ogema woman has been charged with second degree murder and first degree manslaughter in the August 15 death of Richard Alan Baity of Ogema. Jessica Marie Kilde, 33, of 46420 State Highway 34 in Ogema appeared in Becker County District Court this morning.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), the Becker County Sheriff's Office and the White Earth Tribal Police Department are conducting the investigation.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call around 10 p.m. Friday of an individual who had been run over by a vehicle on 370th Street East in Ogema. They found Baity’s body on the road about 160 feet from his driveway at 33322 370th Street East. According to the criminal complaint, injuries to Baity’s body and evidence at the scene indicated that he had been dragged to the scene. A broken portion of tie down strap located nearby appears to be consistent with ligature marks on Baity’s neck. There were also drag marks extending back to Baity’s home. Kilde was observed driving toward the scene. The vehicle had a strap tied to the top of the door frame of the passenger side rear door that matched the strap located near Baity’s body.

The Becker County Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case against Kilde. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.