Court records: Simms may have helped Cooper, Jr. flee North Dakota

Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 7:32 PM CST
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Investigators say a 30-year-old woman helped a suspect in a Minot murder flee the area, court records indicate.

Prosecutors have filed charges of hindering law enforcement and child neglect against Sheridan Charlene Simms, both C-felonies, according to online records.

The charges come amid the investigation into the death of 29-year-old Dominick Stephens in Minot last month.

Simms’ charges come during the search for 27-year-old Donald Lee Cooper, Jr., who faces a series of charges in Stephens’ death, including AA-felony accomplice to murder.

According to a criminal complaint filed in district court Monday that is open to the public, investigators allege Simms “intentionally interfered with, hindered, delayed, or prevented the discovery, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of Donald Lee Cooper, Jr. for an offense by assisting him to flee North Dakota and/or Ward County and the defendant knew the conduct of Donald Lee Cooper, Jr.”

Two other men, 22-year-old Marcus Jermaine Lee and 24-year-old Michael Lamart Dennis II are in custody in the case, and Lee has already struck a deal with prosecutors.

As of Tuesday afternoon, both Cooper and Simms remain at large.

Cooper is, 6’1”, 276 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Simms is 5’9”, 220 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information on either of their whereabouts should contact Minot Police at: 701-852-0111.

You can also submit a tip to police in the link attached to this story.

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