Morning Star Brown

Morning Star Brown

Burleigh County Detention Center

A Fort Yates woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend’s cousin to death.

Morning Star Brown, 30, was charged in federal court Tuesday with second-degree murder. She made her initial appearance Tuesday, and Magistrate Judge Charles Miller appointed Heather McCord Mitchell as her defense attorney.

Brown is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing and detention hearing on Thursday morning in federal court in Bismarck. She is in the custody of the Burleigh County Detention Center pending the hearings.

Estelle Joshua called the Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Department in Fort Yates at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday to report Jarrett Two Bear had been stabbed, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Ryan O’Neil. Joshua called back moments later to say that Brown was trying to cut her wrists, the affidavit said.

Two Bear was pronounced dead during a flight to a Bismarck hospital.

Brown’s boyfriend, Skip Summers, told investigators he, Brown and Two Bear decided to get together and drink on Sunday. They began drinking in the morning and by mid-afternoon, Brown was intoxicated, having drank the majority of a liter bottle of straight whiskey, O’Neil wrote. Summers said Brown was “rowdy,” argumentative and causing problems.

Summers told investigators Brown went into the kitchen at one point, and Two Bear went in to try to calm her down. Summers was in the living room at the time, and he reported he heard arguing but not a physical fight.

Summers said Joshua, Brown’s sister, knocked on the door at that point, and he went to answer it. Summers and Joshua both reported Two Bear told them he had been stabbed and had an obvious chest wound. They said Two Bear fell down, and they tried to stop the bleeding with a T-shirt and called for help.

Joshua and Summers found Brown in the kitchen trying to cut her wrists and struggled to take knives away from her. Summers reported he was stabbed in the process.

Summers told investigators he has been in a relationship with Brown for two to three years, and during that time she has stabbed or threatened to stab him at least six times. Brown was convicted of aggravated assault in tribal court in April 2012 for stabbing Summers, O’Neil wrote.

O’Neil wrote that he interviewed Brown on Monday, and she admitted most of the events of Sunday.

“However, Brown claimed she could not remember stabbing Two Bear,” he wrote.

Reach Jenny Michael at 701-250-8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune.com.

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