Double homicide suspects appear in court next month

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI–Three charged for their involvement in a late January double homicide will make their next court appearances next month.

Darren Stebe, 45, Bemidji, was charged with two counts of second degree intentional murder, and Daniel Linde, 54, Cass Lake and Kristi Trisco, 31, Bemidji were each charged with two counts of aiding an offender after the fact.

According to the criminal complaints, a disagreement about a methamphetamine purchase allegedly led to the homicide of two men, Adam Thorpe and Jason McDonough.

Darren Stebe, 45. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Corrections.

The medical examiner determined the two men died of homicidal violence, with gunshot wounds being the cause of death.

Stebe allegedly cut up at least one of the bodies before attempting to burn them at a property off of Highway 89, and appeared to have spent $5,000 of their money.

Linde allegedly helped Stebe build the burn pit and drag the bodies, and Trisco allegedly helped Stebe spend the money.

Daniel Linde, 54, Cass Lake. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.

Trisco appeared in court Monday, and Stebe appeared recently.

High bail amounts for each will stand as previously ordered, and the court appearances are scheduled for Nov. 13 for Stebe, Nov. 18 for Linde and Nov. 25 for Trisco.

Kristi Trisco, 31, Bemidji. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.


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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