UPDATE: Minot murder suspect Christopher Vickerman to be held without bond

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MINOT, N.D. – UPDATE: Christopher Vickerman won't be leaving the Ward County jail anytime soon.

Judge Douglas Mattson ordered Vickerman to be held without bond until his June 20 arraignment date.

The judge said he might add a dollar amount at a later date, and the state recommended that bond be set a $1 million.

If the judge does put a dollar amount on bond and Vickerman is able to pay it, Mattson ordered a not contact order to protect the victim's family.

“I'm a little at a loss to indicate the individuals that he's to have no contact with. I'm being told "generally family,” said Judge Mattson.

“That would be his mother and two sisters your honor,” replied state’s attorney Roza Larson.

I spent much of the morning speaking to neighbors that had personal relationships with Mark Vickerman.

He was a national guard veteran that one neighbor said would give you the shirt off his back.

Others said he would help shovel driveways and sidewalks during the winter.

They told me about a man who was loved by those who knew him.

His son could face up to life in prison if found guilty.


UPDATE: The suspect in a homicide Friday in Minot will be held without bond for now.

Christopher Vickerman made his initial appearance on the AA-felony charge of murder in the killing of his father, 55-year-old Mark Vickerman.

Judge Douglas Mattson said he may add a dollar amount to the 28-year-old Vickerman’s bond at a later date.

Vickerman will appear for his preliminary hearing and arraignment June 20 at 10:30 a.m.

He must avoid contact with other members of his immediate family as well as the address where the crime occurred.


ORIGINAL STORY: Surveillance footage, both at the scene of the crime and at Minot-area businesses, aided in Minot Police identifying 28-year-old Christopher Vickerman as a suspect in the killing of his father, 55-year-old Mark Vickerman, according to filings in district court in Minot.

In the criminal affidavit, investigators say a surveillance camera in the victim’s downstairs shop pointed upwards at the home’s entrance captured the encounter Friday afternoon.

They say Mark Vickerman answered the door to his home in the 600 block of 23rd Avenue NW just before 2 p.m. Friday, and fell down the stairs.

The video shows a person with white-soled shoes and a band on their left wrist pick up three shell casings.

Surveillance footage from a bar in the 700 block of North Broadway where Christopher Vickerman was working construction shows him leaving the worksite at least twice, and Mark’s killing would have occurred during the second time Christopher was gone.

Surveillance footage from several other businesses between the construction site and Mark Vickerman’s home allowed investigators to follow the path of the suspect’s black vehicle during the time of the murder.

Police say Christopher called in a report shortly before 3:45 p.m. that his father had been shot, and they found him sitting on the porch when they arrived on scene, wearing similar clothing and a wristband seen in surveillance.

Vickerman will make his initial appearance on the AA-felony murder charge Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

We will have coverage on the Evening Report.