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New Town Man Indicted For Murder

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota

BISMARCK – United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that Donovan Lawrence Duchaine, age 26, from New Town, ND, was charged by an Indictment returned on June 6, 2018, for Murder and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

             The Indictment alleges that on May 25, 2018, Duchaine, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, killed David Rios, age 29, also from New Town, ND, by stabbing him with a knife outside a residence in New Town, ND.  Duchaine’s Initial Appearance and Arraignment was before Magistrate Judge Charles Miller, at 4:00 p.m., May 25, 2018.  On June 1, 2018, the defendant waived his Detention Hearing and Judge Miller detained him pending trial.

The Indictment in this case is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department; and the Ward County Sheriff’s Department.

            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan J. O’Konek.



Updated June 7, 2018