MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, three individuals were sentenced for their roles in the murder of a couple on the Red Lake Indian Reservation on New Year’s Day 2011. United States District Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced David John Martin, age 46, of Columbia Heights, to 160 months in prison on one count of robbery; and Kevin John Needham, age 21, of Red Lake, to 90 months in prison on one count of robbery. Yesterday, Terin Rene Stately, age 25, also of Red Lake, was sentenced to 40 months in prison on one count of aiding and abetting robbery.
On January 15, 2013, Martin and Needham were charged in a superseding indictment. Martin was convicted on March 12, 2013, and Needham pleaded guilty on February 26, 2013. Stately was indicted on August 16, 2012, and pleaded guilty on November 15, 2012.
On June 21, 2013, their co-defendant Geshik-O-Binese Martin, age 30, of Red Lake, was sentenced to life in prison on two counts of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree, and one count of robbery. He was also convicted on March 12, 2013.
The trial evidence proved that on January 1, 2011, Craig David Roy and Darla Ann Beaulieu were killed while money and illegal drugs were stolen from Roy’s reservation residence. The bodies of Beaulieu and Roy were found in the remains of the house, which was destroyed by fire on that same day. Autopsies determined that the victims were killed as a result of multiple stab wounds and not the fire itself.
In his plea agreement, Needham admitted that he agreed to travel with Stately, the Martins, and another co-defendant to Roy’s residence, the intention being to take money and cocaine by force. Among other things, Needham admittedly stood in the driveway of the Roy residence during the robbery.
In her plea agreement, Stately admitted driving the group to and from the Roy residence and waiting in the vehicle during the robbery. She also admittedly knew of the plan to rob Roy.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the State Fire Marshal. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deidre Y. Aanstad and Nathan P. Petterson.
Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.