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Published January 30 2014

Bond set at $2 million for defendant in Williston homicide

WILLISTON, N.D. – A judge here set bond at $2 million Thursday for a man charged with murder in connection with the death of a man whose body was found with a mattress earlier this week.

Tovias Cerna Carrillo, 48, is accused of fatally shooting Juan L. Palacios, 51, on Jan. 18 or 19 in Williston, according to the court complaint.

Palacios had been reported missing and was last seen Jan. 18 in a Williston trailer court. Authorities found his body 13 miles east of Williston on N.D. Highway 1804 with a mattress. Police had asked the public’s help in locating the mattress..

Assistant Williams County State’s Attorney Nathan Madden requested the $2 million bond, citing the severity of the Class AA felony charge, Carrillo’s unknown ties to the area and the use of a gun. Carrillo’s criminal history includes a 2005 burglary conviction, Madden said.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 21.