UPDATE: Charges, arrests warrants filed against two more men in Minot murder

Published: Jan. 17, 2020 at 9:57 AM CST
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UPDATE (2:15 PM): Minot Police have released more information on the two men wanted in connection with a homicide last weekend in Minot.

Police say 27-year-old Donald Lee Cooper, Jr., is black, 6’1”, 276 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Police say 24-year-old Michael Lamart Dennis II is black, 6’2”, 163 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

As of Friday afternoon, their whereabouts are unknown. 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.

Police say they cannot release further information, as Judge Douglas Mattson has issued an order restricting extrajudicial comments.

UPDATE (11:30 A.M.):

State prosecutors have filed criminal charges and arrest warrants against two more men in connection with a murder conspiracy investigation in Minot.

According to online records, prosecutors are charging Michael Lamart Dennis II and Donald Lee Cooper, Jr., with accomplice to murder, attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and terrorizing.

Friday morning, 22-year-old Marcus Lee pleaded guilty to an A-felony charge of being an accomplice to murder, in connection with the shooting death of 29-year-old Dominick Stephens Sunday.

Cooper and Dennis are listed as co-defendants of Lee’s, according to online records.

There are motions to file the affidavits as confidential.

Your News Leader is reaching out to Minot Police to learn more

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a homicide last weekend in Minot has pleaded guilty to a lower charge.

Marcus Lee entered a guilty plea to an A-felony charge of accomplice to murder. In exchange, the state agreed to drop a AA felony of conspiracy to commit murder, which carried with it the chance of life in prison.

Minot Police arrested Lee earlier this week in connection with the death of 29-year-old Dominick Stephens.

Lee’s attorney Eric Baumann said evidence linking Lee to the incident led to his client’s decision to plead guilty.

State prosecutors are recommending a 20-year sentence, with a requirement that Lee serve at least 85 percent.

Lee will remain in custody in the Ward County Jail, and will be sentenced at a later date.

The case files will remain under seal.

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