Second suspect charged in Bismarck homicide

Second suspect charged in Bismarck homicide
2013-06-28T17:05:00Z 2013-07-09T06:19:06Z Second suspect charged in Bismarck homicideThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 28, 2013 5:05 pm  • 

BISMARCK, N.D. — Authorities have charged a second person in the death of a Sioux Falls, S.D., man who investigators believed was lured to a Bismarck home and hit with a hammer before his legs were dismembered.

Joshua James Clark, 20, was charged Friday with felony conspiracy to commit murder.

Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Pam Nesvig requested that Clark be held without bond.

Authorities earlier charged Theo Crowe, 25, of Trenton, with murder in the death of 18-year-old John Swain, who had recently moved from Sioux Falls and was last seen in mid-May. Crowe is being held in the Williams Count Jail on unrelated charges.

Prosecutors originally charged Crowe with murder, but they said they planned on dismissing that charge in favor of a felony conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Nesvig said she did not know when Crowe might be brought to Bismarck to appear in court.

It's not known if either suspect has an attorney.

Authorities said a body was found Wednesday at a home owned by Crowe's grandmother in Poplar, Mont. An autopsy is being conducted to determine whether it is Swain.

Complaints filed against Crowe and Clark on Friday allege that they "committed the overt act or acts of obtaining a weapon, inviting John Swain to a residence, striking John Swain with a hammer, dismembering John Swain's legs, cleaning the scene of the murder, destroying physical evidence, or concealing John Swain's body."

The Army Human Resources Command said Crowe was court-martialed at Fort Hood, Texas, on allegations involving theft, drugs and assault, and found guilty of misconduct. Crowe, who enlisted in January 2009, was a combat engineer and held the rank of private. Nearly half of his time in the service was spent in confinement.

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