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Wendy Reuer, Published April 12 2013

Charges allege Detroit Lakes man killed woman with crossbow

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A man who allegedly shot and killed 69-year-old Geraldine Kading with a crossbow here Wednesday before turning the arrows on himself has been charged with second-degree murder.

Becker County Attorney’s Office filed charges against David Lee Stensrud, 56, of Detroit Lakes, on Friday afternoon.

County Attorney Michael Fritz said in a news release that a woman called 911 on Wednesday after Stensrud told her he had just killed his friend and was going to kill himself. Officers responded to apartment No. 1 at 918½ Washington Ave. and found Kading dead at the scene with an arrow sticking out of her chest.

Stensrud was found lying on the floor of the bedroom. He too, had an arrow sticking out of his chest. There was a crossbow lying on the bed next to him, Fritz said the complaint alleges.

Stensrud was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Essentia Hospital in Detroit Lakes. His condition is not known.

Charges of second-degree murder carry a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.

First-degree murder charges carry an automatic sentence of life in prison. In Minnesota, a first-degree murder charge requires a grand jury indictment.

Stensrud is a convicted sex offender. While living in Halstad in 1998, he pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Clay County District Court after he was accused of having sexual contact with someone under the age of 16 in May 1997.

In 1999, Stensrud pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a 16-year-old girl told police Stensrud had sexually abused her since she was 12 years old. Stensrud lived in Hitterdal at the time, according to court records.

Kading is a widowed mother of four adult children from Dent.

Funeral arrangements for Kading are pending.

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