CLEARWATER COUNTY -- A 23-year-old man was charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder nearly two weeks after he allegedly stabbed and killed a woman in Rice Lake.
Tristan Edward James Kilde of Clearbrook is facing one count of intentional second-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder while committing a second-degree assault. Each of the two counts could result in as many as 40 years in prison, according to court documents.
Law enforcement responded to the scene at roughly 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. Rice Lake is located in North La Prairie Township approximately 45 miles southwest of Bemidji.
There were several people kneeling next to the victim when law enforcement first arrived at the scene. The victim, 37-year-old Natasha Marie Thompson of Rice Lake, still had a weak pulse. Medical personnel performed life-saving measures, but Thompson ultimately died.
A witness told the authorities that Kilde was at the residence with Thompson, Thompson’s stepfather, as well as a few other people. Kilde and Thompson’s stepfather began “play fighting.”
The situation escalated when the stepfather allegedly teased Kilde and Kilde punched the stepfather in return. The stepfather than head butted Kilde, resulting in a cut near his eyebrow. Others at the get-together separated the two men.
Thompson then walked out of the home. Some time thereafter, the witness walked outside and saw Thompson push Kilde in the chest. The witness told the authorities Kilde than pushed Thompson with his left hand while grabbing a pocket knife with his right hand. Kilde allegedly then stabbed Thompson in the “upper chest under her arm,” according to the criminal complaint.
Thompson was allegedly conscious for roughly 15 minutes after the stabbing before she lost consciousness.
The report also said Kilde tried to help Thompson after the stabbing. Kilde allegedly told an emergency medical technician that he “stuck his finger inside the wound in an attempt to stop the bleeding,” according to the complaint.
The witness said Kilde had been drinking at some point.
Kilde is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Aug. 14, in Bagley.