Man Charged in Lincoln, ND, Stabbing DeathA Lincoln man has been accused in the stabbing death of his friend in an alcohol-fueled dispute over the weekend, authorities said.
By: Associated Press,
LINCOLN, N.D. (AP) — A Lincoln man has been accused in the stabbing death of his friend in an alcohol-fueled dispute over the weekend, authorities said.
John Unruh, 27, is charged with murder in the death of Randall Albaugh, 23, of the Bismarck-Mandan area on Saturday, according to The Bismarck Tribune. Unruh also has been charged with preventing arrest after police said he struggled with the officer who took him into custody.
Preliminary autopsy results indicate Albaugh died of a stab wound to the shoulder, Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Lloyd Suhr said.
Authorities believe Unruh and Albaugh, who were friends, were drinking at Unruh's home and began arguing about the presence of a third person, whom Suhr would not identify. Unruh eventually asked Albaugh to leave, which sparked an argument that escalated, the prosecutor said.
Suhr said in court Monday that Unruh has a history of misdemeanor and alcohol-related offenses. Unruh pleaded guilty in February to criminal mischief and theft of property for hitching a portable toilet to a snowmobile and dragging it around Lincoln last fall.
Suhr recommended that South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty order Unruh to be held without bond or set a $1 million bond. Defense attorney Justin Vinje said Unruh has primary custody of his 10-year-old daughter and recommended a $20,000 cash bond. Hagerty set bond at $150,000 cash.