The Marquis de Mores cultivated a short-lived cattle empire during his time in Dakota Territory. But a long-running murder allegation also defined his time out west. De Mores wasn’t popular in the Badlands. He had enemies who despised him for everything from how he acquired his land, to his ambitious cattle operation, to his development of Medora—even xenophobia. After all, he was a French aristocrat – not from these parts. But when the Marquis fenced his land, that really lit the fuse.

Supreme Court hearing Bismarck murder appeal

Jun 7, 2018
ND Supreme Court

The attorney for a Bismarck man charged with the April, 2016 murder of a Bismarck woman outside the Runnings store in South Bismarck believes the district judge made a mistake by not suppressing evidence from his interrogation.

And he's asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to overturn the conviction.

The body of 44-year-old Misty Coffelt was found outside the Runnings store April 14, 2016. 34-year-old Morris Brickle-Hicks was subsequently charged and convicted of murder in the case.

On the night of January 26th, 1992 we can presume that most of the 200 residents in Menoken, North Dakota were sleeping. It’s a small farming town just east of Bismarck. No one had any idea that 15-year-old Michael David Neugebauer was murdering his four family members.

Bismarck police have arrested a 33 year old Bismarck man in connection with a suspicious death at a south Bismarck business.

Morris Jerome Brickle Hicks was arrested early this morning. The body of 40 year old Misty Coffelt was found outside Runnings on south Washington Street yesterday morning. Police determined her death was not of natural causes.

An autopsy is being conducted later today. Police haven’t released any further information, only saying the case is still being investigated.

A suspect in a Bismarck murder has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

35 year old Kirk Kwasniewski was the suspect in an early-morning shooting.

Bismarck Police Sergeant Mark Buschena says a woman living in the 600 block of north 22nd Street called police to report a man with a gun, threatening her.

"She had been asleep," said Buschena. "She woke up, and the suspect was in her home. She saw her boyfriend was deceased, also in her home."

Fargo murder victims identified

Jun 24, 2015

Fargo Police have released the names of two murder victims and a timeline that led to 35 year old Ashley Hunter being charged with the crimes.

Supco hears Wacht appeal

Apr 23, 2013

The attorney representing a Cooperstown man convicted of the murder of an NDSU researcher says there was not enough evidence to find his client guilty.

Daniel Wacht was sentenced to life without parole for the death of Kurt Johnson. Johnson’s severed head was found in Wacht’s basement – but the rest of the body has not been found.

Attorney Steven Mottinger told the North Dakota Supreme Court – there are too many unanswered questions about what happened after Johnson and Wacht left a Cooperstown bar on New Year’s Even 2010. Justice Dale Sandstrom questioned Mottinger.