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Judge refuses to reduce Keezer bail

BEMIDJI ­– Beltrami District Judge John Melbye refused on Friday to reduce bail for a Cass Lake woman who investigators say was involved in a drunken fight that ended in the death of 44-year-old Leslie Charles Headbird.

Dora Jean Keezer, 29, was charged with third-degree assault by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office for attacking a woman in the home where Headbird was killed.

Her defense attorney, Jay Sommer, argued her bail should be reduced due to a criminal history that did not include any assault charges, and the fact her three children were staying with various relatives instead of with Keezer under one roof. Sommer asked Melbye to release the woman on her own recognizance.

But Chief Assistant Beltrami County Attorney Annie Claesson-Huseby said Keezer injured the victim severely enough to maintain Keezer’s bail, set at $3,000 last week.

“She fled the scene after assaulting a victim in that home, who received broken bones in her face,” Claesson-Huseby said. “Police said it was the largest bruise they’d ever seen, extending from the top of (the victim’s head) to her neck.”

Keezer will next appear in court on April 12.

Damion John Gullickson, 18, the man with whom prosecutors say Keezer fled, will appear in court later this month. He is charged with second-degree manslaughter for what the complaint states was an unprovoked and fatal attack on Headbird.

Claesson-Huseby, in arguing against a reduction in Keezer’s bail, brought forth a new detail in the events of that night.

“(Keezer) and Gullickson fled the scene even though they knew Headbird wasn’t doing well, and was unconscious,” she said. “Then, they went and got pizza.”

Gullickson remains in jail on a $300,000 bond, meaning he must pay $30,000 to be released.

Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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