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Plea hearing set for man charged in Red Lake stabbing

RED LAKE -- A Red Lake man accused of causing the death of a 17-year-old on July 4 has been charged in U.S. District Court in Fergus Falls.

Trevor Lee Jones, 20, is facing a second-degree murder charge for unlawfully killing a human being with malice aforethought. The victim was Jerick Michael Neadeau, 17. Both Jones and Neadeau are enrolled members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.

Jones is accused of stabbing Neadeau in the chest causing his death when the two fought at party at a residence located within the exterior boundaries of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, according to court documents.

Neadeau was driven to the Red Lake Hospital in the early morning hours of July 4, records state. He was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 4:07 a.m.

A witness to events leading to Neadeau's death told FBI agents that Jones swung both arms at Neadeau and Neadeau tried to run away but fell over and could not run anymore, court documents state. When the witness approached the road where Neadeau was lying, the witness saw him bleeding.

A second witness said he/she was outside a residence when the stabbing occurred and had been drinking alcohol with Jones and Neadeau prior to an argument that turned into a fight. The second witness saw Jones "smash" Neadeau in the chest, documents stated, and Neadeau fell to the ground.

Jones was located by the Red Lake Police Department at a residence in the Walking Shield housing area on July 4. He was interviewed by FBI on July 5, during which he admitted to being at a party with Neadeau and that the two fought.

Jones said he carried a buck knife on the inside of his waistband that day and it must have come out at some point during the fight, according to court documents. Jones was unsure if he had given the knife to his brother or if he left it in the car when he drove to the residence in the Walking Shield area.

An information document was filed against Jones on Aug. 22. Filing an information indicates an indictment could be filed, explained Ben Petok with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The case was before a magistrate judge but will be before a district court judge under the new information.

An order granting a joint motion to extend the time for filing an indictment was granted in the magistrate case Aug. 7, which extended the deadline from Aug. 13 to Sept. 12.

Jones had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing and detention hearing July 22, but waived his right to the hearing and agreed to probable cause and detention, according to court documents. He was charged with second-degree murder on Aug. 22.

Jones is scheduled for a change of plea hearing in U.S. District Court on Sept. 10.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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