Criminal complaint in double homicide details events

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– Charges were brought forth against 54-year-old Daniel Linde of Cass Lake for his role in a homicide that took place just north of Bemidji this past winter.

According to the criminal complaint, 45-year-old Darren Stebe of Bemidji, enticed Jason McDonough of Superior and Adam Thorpe of Maple Grove to bring a “significant amount of methamphetamine” to his mobile home on Highway 89, and shot both of them in his garage on or around Jan. 28.

Stebe, in text messages between himself and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Kristi Trisco of Bemidji, indicated that the victims needed to be quartered.

Linde, who was living with Trisco and Stebe at the time along with his girlfriend, allegedly assisted Stebe with building a burn pit and bringing the bodies to the pit.

He was charged yesterday for aiding an offender after the fact, as an accessory to murder.

Stebe allegedly took $5,000 from the victims, and he and Trisco spent or gambled that money in and around Beltrami County. Arraignments for Trisco and Stebe are anticipated to come in the next few days.

Kristi Trisco, 31, Bemidji. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.
Daniel Linde, 54, Cass Lake. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.
Darren Stebe, 45. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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