Man accused in Bismarck murder now charged with jail assault

2013-10-15T16:38:00Z Man accused in Bismarck murder now charged with jail assaultBy JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

One of the men accused of killing and dismembering a Sioux Falls, S.D., teen in Bismarck now is accused of assaulting another man in jail.

Theo Crowe, 26, was charged Oct. 11 with Class B misdemeanor simple assault. He has not made a court appearance in the case.

According to an affidavit from Burleigh County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Fleck, Crowe punched another inmate in the head on Oct. 1, causing a 1-inch cut requiring four stitches. Surveillance video showed the other inmate did not appear to fight back or strike Crowe, Fleck wrote.

Crowe is being held in the Burleigh County Detention Center without bond on a Class AA felony conspiracy to commit murder charge in the May death of John Swain. Crowe has pleaded not guilty, as has his co-defendant, Joshua Clark, 20.

Swain, 18, moved to Bismarck from Sioux Falls this spring. Swain's roommate reported him missing on May 14, after not seeing him since May 11. Police believe Clark and Crowe lured him into a Bismarck home, hit him with a hammer, cut off his legs, cleaned up the crime scene and hid his body. Investigators found Swain’s body at the home of a family member of Crowe in Montana on June 26.

The next court appearance for Crowe and Clark in the murder case is scheduled for Monday. South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen has been assigned to preside over the case.

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

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