BEMIDJI -- Kristi Trisco, one of three people charged in a double homicide investigation, was arraigned Tuesday and faces more than a quarter million dollars in bail.
Trisco, 31, of Bemidji, is charged with two counts of aiding an offender after the fact in the case where two bodies were found in a fire pit just northwest of Bemidji in February.
Judge Annie Claesson-Huseby ultimately set a bail of $350,000 with conditions, and $500,000 without conditions for Trisco.
Daniel Linde, 54, of Cass Lake, who is also charged with two counts of aiding an offender after the fact, was arraigned last week with a slightly lower bail amount. Darren Stebe, 45, of Bemidji, who is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, is set to be arraigned Friday, Aug. 9.
During Tuesday’s hearing, prosecutor Dave Frank described the allegations against Trisco as “gruesome” and asked the judge to set a bail amount similar to that of Linde. Frank also indicated that Trisco’s role in the crime may be even more serious than Linde’s due to the information she had beforehand.
Defense Attorney Steve Bergeson emphasized the fact that someone other than Trisco committed the alleged murder and decided to burn the bodies.
The charges against the three stem from an alleged murder investigators discovered in February when authorities found the remains of two people in a burn pit at a home just northwest of Bemidji in Eckles Township. They were later identified as 39-year-old Adam Thorpe of Maple Grove, Minn., and Jason McDonough, 41, of the Superior, Wis. area.
Stebe allegedly intended to purchase methamphetamine from the men, according to the criminal complaint. At some point in the negotiations, though, Stebe allegedly shot at least Thorpe, although investigators found both victims in the burn pit. It was not clearly specified in the court document whether Stebe also shot McDonough, although Stebe claimed he did at one point.
Trisco was living with Stebe at the residence at the time. Investigators found a text message on Stebe’s phone that was sent to Trisco, indicating that he was going to “quarter” at least one of the two victims, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint also indicates that Stebe took as much as $5,000 from the two victims, and that he and Trisco made multiple purchases “using the money obtained in the homicides.”
Trisco’s next court date is set for Sept. 9.