Charges filed against man for fatal crash
MICHIGAN — A man who was behind the wheel during a one-vehicle crash that left one dead has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide after authorities said he was driving under the influence at the time.
Jordan Lee Borland, 28, of Michigan, appeared in court Tuesday, for an April crash that killed passenger Kevin Lemma, 23, of Enderlin.
The men were in a 2012 Dodge Ram traveling south on North Dakota Highway 1 early April 13 when Borland failed to negotiate a curve and rolled about 8 miles south of Pekin in Nelson County in northeast North Dakota.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol was initially unsure who was driving the vehicle. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Lemma was pronounced dead at the scene. Borland was hospitalized with injuries.
State troopers believe Borland was under the influence of alcohol during the crash, according to charging documents filed Oct. 17.
If convicted, Borland faces up to 20 years in prison.
Woman charged with accomplice to murder
JAMESTOWN -- A Shakopee, Minn., woman, formerly of Warwick, is facing a charge of being an accomplice to murder, a Class AA felony.
Crystal Herman, 38, is in custody in the Stutsman County Correctional Center in Jamestown.
According to court documents filed in Southeast District Court, Herman is charged with assisting her husband, Billy Herman, to kidnap Amanda Engst, 36, on or about Oct. 13, 2015.
“In the course of and in furtherance of the crimes or of immediate flight therefrom, the defendant and/or Billie Herman caused the death of Amanda Engst,” reads the criminal complaint.
Crystal and Billy Herman were charged in a string of armed robberies in North Dakota and Minnesota in 2015. At the time of their apprehension, they were in possession of a car owned by Engst, who was listed as a missing person at the time.
Engst’s body was recovered from the Sheyenne River in Eddy County in northeast North Dakota in February 2016. Her death was ruled a homicide in March.
The criminal complaint accuses Crystal Herman of opening a car door allowing her husband to strangle Engst, clearing the trunk of the vehicle to allow the transportation of Engst and holding a flashlight while Billy Herman beat Engst with a shovel.
Crystal Herman is scheduled to make an initial appearance before Judge James Hovey in Southeast District Court in New Rockford at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.
-- Compiled from wire services