Marcus Lee charged with conspiracy to commit murder
Bond was set at $1 million cash on Tuesday for Marcus Jermaine Lee, 22, who is charged with Class AA felony conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death in Minot on Sunday of 29-year-old Dominick Stephens.
Minot police said in a press release on Tuesday that Lee was taken into custody at a Minot residence on Monday night at 7 p.m. Lee also had an outstanding bench warrant through Minot Municipal Court. Lee was then officially placed under arrest for conspiracy to commit murder at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday.
Police said in the press release that Lee is believed to have been in the vehicle that was pursuing Stephens on Sunday morning.
Ward County State’s Attorney Roza Larson said at Lee’s initial appearance on Tuesday that the state has solid evidence that Lee was involved in the murder. They have not alleged that Lee fired the shot that killed Stephens.
Larson said there is still an active, ongoing investigation and others could be charged.
Judge Doug Mattson has sealed court documents and has also issued a gag order in the case.
Lee told the judge that he plans to hire an attorney.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 18.
According to the police press release, police were investigating gunshots at 6:07 a.m. Sunday in the area of 13th Street and 11th Avenue NW. A few minutes later, Minot Central Dispatch received a report of a vehicle involved in a crash near the Minot State University Dome. It was determined the driver of the vehicle, Stephens, had been shot. Stephens was taken to Trinity Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.