Fargo double-homicide suspect called 911 to report killing ex-girlfriend, say charging documentsFARGO – David George Stevens called 911 early Saturday morning, telling dispatchers here he had just stabbed his ex-girlfriend in her north Fargo apartment, say court documents released along with double murder charges filed today against Stevens.
By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service
FARGO – David George Stevens called 911 early Saturday morning, telling dispatchers here he had just stabbed his ex-girlfriend in her north Fargo apartment, say court documents released along with double murder charges filed today against Stevens.
Stevens, 35, of Fargo is accused of stabbing to death Samantha Wickenheiser, 23, of Fargo, and Ward Allen Berg, 30, of Moorhead.
Both charges are AA felonies.
Stevens later told police he also killed Berg, his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, court documents say.
Stevens’ wife, April Stevens, told police she drove her husband to Wickenheiser's apartment early Saturday morning so he could retrieve his belongings. He had been living with Wickenheiser and their two children until the two recently broke up.
April Stevens said shortly after her husband went inside the apartment, Wickenheiser came out of the apartment covered in blood and desperately tried to get in April Stevens' car. April Stevens did not let her in and drove to the front of the apartment complex to pick up her husband.
A police officer later discovered Wickenheiser's body in the parking lot with a serrated knife in the side of her head. Officers discovered Berg's body across the street.
David Stevens was arrested Saturday morning and is being held in the Cass County Jail.
According to Forum archives, Wickenheiser had two children with the suspect David Stevens: one in April 2012 and one this past July. Both were boys.
According to court records, Stevens has a number of convictions in Cass County District Court, including a conviction for violating a no-contact order and a conviction for terrorizing, with both cases stemming from an incident in November 2010.
Court documents show that in December 2010, Stevens phoned his wife, April Stevens, in violation of a no-contact order that was granted following an incident the month before in which David Stevens told his wife he would kill her if she ever left him.
The threat was witnessed by a Fargo police officer who was at the couple’s home investigating a report of a physical domestic involving the pair.
A police report on the incident that was filed with the court stated that an officer also observed a large sheathed knife in the home and advised April Stevens that it wasn’t safe to have the knife around the home with children present.
At that point, the report stated, a 7-year-old girl told the officer, “daddy carries it (the knife) with him to protect him in case he needs to kill someone.”
The child then pulled a knife sharpener from a drawer and demonstrated how her father sharpened the knife, according to the police report, which stated there was also a 4-year-old child present in the apartment.
In addition, Fargo Municipal Court Records show David Stevens has an active warrant for failure to pay a fine on a DUI conviction from October 2011.
In Minnesota, court records show David Stevens has a 2009 conviction from Hennepin County for disorderly conduct. In that case, domestic assault charges were dismissed.
David Stevens also has a conviction in Ramsey County District Court for theft.