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Rural Ogema woman charged with murder in death of boyfriend

An Ogema woman faces felony charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of a man found lying on the roadway in Maple Grove Township Friday night.

Jessica Marie Kilde, 33, of 46420 Highway 34, Ogema is accused in the death of her boyfriend, Richard Allen Baity, 41, also of rural Ogema.

He was found lying about 160 feet from his driveway at 33322 370th Street about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

He had ligature marks on his neck, and a broken strap that appeared to be part of a ratchet tie-down strap was on the street nearby, according to the criminal complaint filed in Becker County District Court.

The rest of the yellow strap was found attached to a Ford Sport Trac that Kilde was seen driving, with the strap tied off to the top of the rear passenger side door frame.

The other end of the strap, which was consistent with the broken strap in the road, was dragging from the vehicle.

Drag marks could be seen from the driveway out into 370th Street, “indicating Baity had been dragged down the driveway and onto the roadway,” according to the complaint.

An autopsy report by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that Baity died of “multiple traumatic injuries,” and that the death was a homicide.

When interviewed by law enforcement, Kilde allegedly said that she and Baity had been arguing mildly at the residence, but there was no significant disagreement.

She admitted being the only other person there and the only person who drove the Sport Trac. She gave varying accounts of what had happened, first stating that Baity was standing on the deck when she drove away, then saying his whereabouts were unknown when she left, then admitting that she had very little recollection of what had occurred or how Baity ended up on the roadway.

Baity and Kilde had allegedly been drinking and smoking methamphetamine at the residence earlier that that day, according to the complaint.

A third person, who was not named in the complaint, said he or she had been at the residence earlier and had not noticed any animosity between the couple at that time. When that person left, the two were left alone together.

Kilde appeared in Becker County District Court Tuesday.

Defense attorney Simon George of Detroit Lakes asked that bond be set at $100,000, with conditions.

“At least she has a reasonable chance” of making bail at that amount, he argued.

But District Judge Joe Evans sided with the county attorney’s office and set bond at $1 million without conditions or $750,000 with conditions.

He noted that Kilde has had 12 prior arrest warrants and a history of failing to appear in court. That combined with the seriousness of the charges makes her a flight risk, he said.

Kilde has a history of criminal offenses, the most recent being a felony theft of a motor vehicle charge in March in Aitkin County.

Other gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges include check forgery in 2010, trespassing in 2009, domestic assault in 2007, along with DWI, disorderly conduct, speeding, falsely reporting a crime and minor consuming alcohol, dating back to 1999.

Her next appearance is set for Sept. 2 at 3 p.m.

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

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