Suspects in murder of David Medellin Jr. appear in court

The suspects in the murder of a Willmar man were arraigned today in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Caleb Blue, age 35, of Kerkhoven was arrested Monday in connection with the killing of 24-year-old David Medellin, Junior, and appeared in a Willmar courtroom before Judge Steven Wentzell shortly after 11 a.m.   Blue is charged with 2nd Degree Murder for intentionally causing the death of Medellin without pre-meditation sometime between October 25th and October 31st.

Several of David’s family members were present in the courtroom along with Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog and several deputies.    Unconditional bail for Blue was set at $2 million, or $1 million with conditions.   Blue told Wentzell and his attorney, Carter Greiner, that he would agree to be held without bail.  His next court appearance was set for November 21st at 3 p.m.

A second suspect, Lori Gafkjen, age 51, of Brooten, is charged with 3 counts of Aiding an Offender After The Fact, with one of the counts involving helping Blue avoid arrest. Gafkjen is a former Kandiyohi County jailer.  Unconditional bail was set at $500,000, and conditional bail was set at $250,000.   Her next court appearance was set for November 28th at 3 p.m.

Details of the case are not yet available at this time.

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