Second suspect in Minot homicide arrested, third still at large

MINOT, N.D. - 1:30 UPDATE: A judge set bond for Michael Lamart Dennis II at $1 million cash, court records indicate. He remains in custody in the Ward County Jail and will be arraigned March. 5, according to the court docket. He faces the chance of life in prison without parole on the AA-felony accomplice to murder charge.


10:43 a.m. UPDATE: Minot Police say Michael Lamart Dennis II turned himself in to the Ward County Jail early Wednesday morning.

The other suspect still at large, 27-year-old Donald Lee Cooper, Jr., is black, 6’1”, 276 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Minot Police at (701) 852-0111 or their local law enforcement agency, or submit a tip to the link attached to this website.


ORIGINAL STORY: One of the at-large suspects in a homicide investigation in Minot is in custody, according to online records, while another remains at large.

Records indicate that 24-year-old Michael Lamart Dennis II is in custody in the Ward County Jail.

Dennis and 27-year-old Donald Lee Cooper, Jr., face a series of charges, including AA-felony accomplice to murder, in the death of 29-year-old Dominick Stephens Jan. 12.

Cooper is not in custody at this time, according to online records.

A third man, 22-year-old Marcus Jermaine Lee, struck a deal on a lower charge in the case, and remains in custody, pending sentencing.

Your News Leader is working to learn more about the details of Dennis' arrest.

Dennis has an initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in district court in Minot, according to online records with the clerk of court's office.

The affidavits in the case are sealed.