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2 Minn. Teens Face Beating Death Charges

December 3, 2002

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WALKER, Minn. (AP) _ Two 16-year-old boys charged with killing a blind man might have been drunk when they allegedly beat him with his walking stick and an ax handle on the Leech Lake Reservation, authorities said.

Darrell (Louie) Bisson, was walking his dog when he was attacked and left to die on the sidewalk near his home Friday night in the northern Minnesota town of Cass Lake.

The 16-year-old boys were arraigned Monday in Cass County District Court on two counts each of second-degree murder.

Bisson’s death ``could be no more than a drunken, stupid thing,″ said Cass County Sheriff’s Office investigator Mike Diekmann, who was trying to determine whether two other teenagers also were involved.

Authorities said the weapons used in the attack were an ax handle and an athletic shoe one of the boys was wearing when he allegedly stomped on Bisson’s face, leaving the pattern of the shoe sole.

Bisson was pronounced dead at a hospital. His head was severely cut and bruised, back and front, a criminal complaint said.

The two boys were ordered to held in separate juvenile detention centers pending a Dec. 10 hearing on a motion to prosecute the boys as adults.

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