MANDAN, N.D. - Mandan police have recovered some weapons missing from the home of a man found shot to death last week.
Alex Lansdon was found dead shortly before 10 p.m. Jan. 27 at the mobile home he rented at 904 Poplar St. in the Wildwood Trailer Park in southeast Mandan. Preliminary autopsy results indicate he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Police said last week that three guns were missing from Lansdon's home.
"We have most of the ones we were looking for," Mandan Police Deputy Chief PaulLeingang said.
He also said that while police do not have any suspects, "we do have persons of interest."
Investigators have interviewed more than 100 people so far in the case, including doing a neighborhood canvas of the area around Lansdon's home, Leingang said.
"The investigation is very fast-paced, very fluid," he said. "There are a lot of dynamics to it. Cases like that take time to resolve."
He said numerous other pieces of evidence have been located as well.
"We have received a lot of evidence. Some of it has a different value than others," Leingang said. Evidence has been taken to the state crime laboratory for analysis.
While investigating the homicide, officers also have had to deal with what Leingang called crimes "peripheral" to the homicide.
"We are uncovering other crimes that are peripheral to the investigation but you don't know, they could have an impact on the homicide," he said.
In one instance of that, law enforcement officials from several agencies were involved in serving a no-knock search warrant at 706 Poplar St. at approximately midnight Wednesday.
Timothy Beiers, 43, was charged Thursday in two cases. In one, he is charged with Class Afelony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Class Cfelony possession of psilocybin, Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
According to an affidavit from Detective Luke Kapella, who is a Mandan officer assigned to the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force, officers found substance believed to be methamphetamine, psilocybin and marijuana while executing the search warrant, as well as numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia. They also found a 9 mm handgun, $5,400 in cash and four cellphones in the home. An additional $1,200 in cash and two cellphones were found in Beiers' possession when he was arrested, Kapella wrote.
South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson set bond for Beiers at $25,000 cash on Thursday.
In the other case filed Thursday against Beiers, he and two others were charged with Class C felony counts of terrorizing and felonious restraint. One codefendant, Donny Wagner, 35, also was charged with Class C felony aggravated assault while the other codefendant, Shanna Stenehjem, 35, also was charged with Class B misdemeanor simple assault.
Wagner and Stenehjem have not been arrested, according to booking information at the Morton County Correctional Center.
In that case, Mandan Police Detective April Jose wrote in an affidavit that a woman reported Wagner lured her to Beiers' home, then Stenehjem assaulted her. The woman said she was held against her will and when Beiers arrived at the home, the three threatened to kill her and her children.
"They described how they would kill her and how they would dispose of evidence and her body," Jose wrote.
The affidavit alleges Beiers called someone and asked for rolls of plastic with which to wrap the woman's body, and Stenehjem got bleach and gloves and described how they would wipe everything down and burn her clothes. She also reported Beiers took her phone and boarded up a door to prevent her from leaving, and Beiers and Wagner stayed with her all night, even accompanying her to the bathroom. She said Wagner assaulted her with a stun gun.
"(The woman) was able to get away from them the following day after she was taken to the Morton County Courthouse with instructions from them on going to the attorney's office and admitting to a drug charge that Tim currently had," Jose wrote.
The drug charge referenced in Jose's affidavit appears to refer to a case that had been slated to go to trial on Friday in which Beiers is charged with Class A felony possession of methamphetamine, Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
That case stemmed from probation searches of Beiers and his home that turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia, court documents said. Beiers admitted to using a syringe found in his possession to inject methamphetamine, an affidavit said.
Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter requested a continuance in the case on Wednesday.
"Defendant's counsel has identified a possible exculpatory witness; the State needs time to investigate the Defendant's claims further and ensure the proper party is charged and stands trial," she wrote in the request, which was granted. A new trial date has not been set.
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