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Longville man arraigned in weekend stabbing

A Longville man was arraigned Tuesday in the stabbing death of a Walker man at a party Saturday night.

Frank Jesse LaRose, 23, is charged with Second Degree Intentional Murder in Cass County District Court.

Authorities were called to a Longville residence to find James Raymond Elmberg, age 31, bleeding profusely on the floor, being attended to by two females. The call came in just after midnight Saturday.

Longville ambulance personnel transported Elmberg to an area hospital, but he was pronounced dead at 4 a.m.

Witnesses said LaRose became increasingly "agitated and paranoid" as the party went on, according to the criminal complaint.

Guests tried to calm him down.

"A witness indicated she observed LaRose approach the victim as if to give him a hug but actually he stabbed him in the chest," said a news release issued by Cass County Attorney Chris Strandlie.

"Another witness indicated that she observed LaRose with two knives walking across the room toward he victim. LaRose disappeared from her view and she immediately heard screaming," the news release continued.

LaRose was apprehended by law enforcement several hours later. Officers recovered two knives in the kitchen sink, one of which appeared to have blood o n the handle, Strandlie indicated.

Judge John P. Smith set bail at $500,000 with conditions. LaRose is scheduled for his next court appearance Feb. 13 in Walker.