Another man accused in hammer murder

2005-02-12T18:00:00Z Another man accused in hammer murderThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 12, 2005 6:00 pm  • 

FARGO - A second man is accused of tampering with evidence in the case of a man who authorities believe was killed for drugs and cash last fall.

Prosecutors said Cassidy Lee Johnson, 20, of Fargo, told police he helped clean the blood-soaked room where Orvin Berg was killed with a hammer.

Johnson is the fifth man to face charges in the suspected killing of Berg, 50, of Fargo, whose body has not been found.

Travis Jenkins, 21, of Dilworth, Minn; James William Thompson III, 20, and David Hieb, 21, both of Fargo, are charged with conspiring to murder Berg by luring him to a friend's apartment last November.

Dante Schwarting, 19, also is charged with tampering, a felony offense. Prosecutors filed the charge against Schwarting last month, about a week after they announced the murder case and charged the three main suspects.

Johnson asked East Central Judge Frank Racek on Friday to release him without bail.

"I know I'm more than likely going to end up in prison," Johnson said. "I'd just like this last month to spend with my family."

Racek set bail at $5,000 cash.

Authorities said Johnson told police he awoke one morning to find Thompson, Jenkins and Schwarting smoking methamphetamine in his home. The police report said Jenkins took Johnson aside and told him they had killed a drug dealer in Schwarting's apartment and disposed of the body in the Red River. Johnson said he helped clean Schwarting's apartment.

Police have searched the river for clues, but Berg's body remains missing.

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