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Cass Lake man charged with murder in slaying

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A 27-year-old Cass Lake man was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with serious felony second-degree intentional murder and two counts of felony second-degree assault.

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Ross Zangigabo Littlewolf was charged in relation to the shooting death Sunday, June 26, of Kandace Blaine Dunn, 22, of Cass Lake, who had been killed by an apparent gunshot wound to her head.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 3:16 a.m. Sunday, Cass County Dispatch received a report that Littlewolf had been involved in a domestic dispute at a Cass Lake residence. On arrival, law enforcement officers learned from witnesses that Dunn was lying inside the front door of the home and was believed to be dead. Dunn lived at the address with her young children ages 3 and 6 months.

Officers learned that during the previous evening a man and woman had been at the home watching movies with Dunn. Dunn went to bed in the same room as her children.

Shortly before 3 a.m. the man and woman, who were sleeping over at Dunn's home, were awakened by a loud noise they thought was fireworks. They could hear Dunn screaming. The woman said she then heard two more shots, and Littlewolf burst into their bedroom armed with a shotgun. Littlewolf aimed the shotgun at the couple and threatened to kill them. The children were crying in the other bedroom, and Littlewolf ordered the couple into the room where they tried to comfort the children.

The couple called a family member of the man to come and pick them up. When they left the bedroom and went toward the front of the house, they saw Dunn on the floor, deceased.

Officers arrested Littlewolf at a relative's home a short time later. Investigation revealed the Littlewolf, who had a previous relationship with Dunn, had gained entry to the house by firing a shotgun blast through a sliding glass door.

Judge David Harrington set bail at $750,000 or $500,000 with conditions. Littlewolf''s next court appearance is scheduled for July 11. Meanwhile, he remains in custody in the Cass County Jail in Walker.

If convicted, Littlewolf faces a maximum 40-year prison sentence on the murder charge and seven years and a $14,000 fine on each of the assault charges.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Pike Bay Police Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are all involved in the investigation, which is ongoing.

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