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Needham, previously charged with robbery, now faces murder charges

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday charges a previously indicted man with murder in connection to the 2011 deaths of a couple on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Kevin John Needham, 21, previously charged with one count of robbery, now has also been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice:

The superseding indictment, originally filed under seal on Jan. 15 was unsealed Tuesday, after Needham’s initial court appearance on the murder charges.

The charges against Needham’s four co-defendants remain unchanged. All four were indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and one count of robbery. The four co-defendants include Geshik-O-Binese Martin, 30; Edward McCabe Robinson, 28; David John Martin, 46, of Columbia Heights, Minn.; and George Allen Martin, 24, of Red Lake. All four are in federal custody.

The original indictment alleges that on Jan. 1, 2011, Needham, Robinson, and the Martins killed Craig David Roy and Darla Ann Beaulieu while stealing money and illegal drugs from Roy’s reservation residence. The bodies of Beaulieu and Roy were found in the remains of the house, which was destroyed by fire on that day. Autopsies determined that both victims were killed as a result of multiple stab wounds and not the fire itself.

If convicted of murder, Needham, Robinson, and the Martins face potential maximum penalties of life in federal prison. They also face a potential maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison on the robbery charge.

Because the federal criminal justice system does not have parole, convicted offenders spend virtually their entire prison sentences behind bars. Actual sentences are determined by federal district court judges.

The case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the State Fire Marshal. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Deidre Y. Aanstad and Nathan P. Petterson.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.