Emily Welker, Published April 07 2014
Fargo woman charged with killing boyfriend in dispute, accused of lying to police about man falling off carFARGO – Bail has been set at $10,000 for a Fargo woman charged with manslaughter and making false police reports after prosecutors say she lied about killing her boyfriend by knocking him off the hood of her moving car during a fight about infidelity.
Olivia Katherine Anderson, 21, appeared Monday in Cass County District Court after being charged Friday with Class B felony manslaughter and providing false information to law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.
According to documents filed with the charges, Fargo police were called about 2:20 a.m. March 7 to the 400 block of 21st Street South on a disturbance report.
A witness, Beverly Pierzchalski-Reigert, reported she heard a woman yelling for help and saw a man lying on 21st Street.
When officers arrived, they found a white minivan in the street with its engine and headlights on, and a large pool of blood in the street nearby.
Dvraughn Rutues was on the street near the front door of 409 21st St. S. with a severe head injury.
While Rutues was being rushed to the Sanford Medical Center emergency room, officers examined the van and spoke with the three people nearby. One was Rutues’s girlfriend, Olivia Anderson.
She told police she saw Rutues lying in the street while driving the van from her home at 212 21st St., to her sister’s house, where police found Rutues.
He had been out drinking with friends at a bar earlier, she allegedly told police, and she did not know what happened to him.
Two other witnesses, Anderson’s sister, Alexis, and Alexis’s boyfriend, Herbert Brown, told police they were in the house and the garage when they heard noises, but did not seen what happened to Rutues.
Olivia Anderson appeared sober, and an examination of the van showed it didn’t hit Rutues, so officers cleared the scene and let her go.
Rutues died three days later at the hospital as a result of his injuries.
According to a police report, Anderson and her father went to the police station later on the day of the accident to tell police what really happened.
Anderson told Detective Joshua Loos that Rutues had been drunk and arguing with her about speaking to her ex-boyfriend.
Anderson thought Rutues was “coming after her” and fled the house, driving away in her van, when Rutues ran into the street in front of her.
She told the detective she was driving slowly, but tried to speed up to get past Rutues, but he jumped on the hood of her van.
She tried to speed up to get him off, going about 15 mph, she said, and Rutues fell off the hood.
Anderson said she didn’t brake, and originally lied to officers because she was scared and wanted to get to the hospital.
The police report says another witness, Sedne Williams, was at Anderson’s house when the couple were arguing.
Anderson accused Rutues of being with other girls, said Williams, who added he saw Anderson storm out of the house and back the van out, and Rutues run after her.
Detectives interviewed Brown again, who allegedly admitted lying to protect Anderson, who he said did not intentionally kill Rutues. Brown said he and Alexis Anderson saw Rutues clinging to the hood of the van, which he said was going about 20 mph.
Anderson braked in front of her sister’s house, he said, sending Rutues flying through the air, landing on the back of his head and sliding to a stop.
Alexis Anderson allegedly refused to provide another statement, saying her father told the family not to speak to police without an attorney.
Olivia Anderson’s next court appearance is set for May 14.
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