November 09, 2018 12:53 PM
Two people have been charged in connection to the homicide of a Willmar man.
According to a criminal complaint, 35-year-old Caleb Aaron Blue is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old David Medellin Jr.
Another complaint charges 41-year-old Lori Jean Harris Gafkjen with three counts of aiding an offender - accomplice after the fact and one count of aiding an offender to avoid arrest.
Medellin's body was found in a Kandiyohi County field Oct. 31 near the intersection of 49th Street Northeast and Eighth Avenue Northeast.
The criminal complaints states one farmer found the body and another called police.
A detective noticed a large "gash or wound" on the body's back, just below the shoulder blades.
Medellin's girlfriend said the last time she spoke to him was via text Oct. 24, when at 3:42 p.m. he texted her, "okay babe, I will be der [sic]." The last time she saw him in person was noon on that day. He and a friend were going to a farm to look for work, and the girlfriend said Medellin was planning on coming back to pick her up, but he never showed.
Medellin's friend said he did not show up for work at the farm the next day. Another friend said he last saw Medellin the night of Oct. 24 at a casino.
The complaint states a woman told law enforcement she contacted Blue and Gafkjen Nov. 1 to ask about the body. Blue "didn't say much."
On Nov. 4, Blue called the woman, saying, "Lori and I need to talk to you" about the body. The next day, Blue called again and said the body "needed to be taken care of," according to the complaint.
During this time, law enforcement learned Blue had a knife wound on his hand, which he told a friend happened when he was etching his name on a friend's headstone.
Gafkjen's mother told authorities the wound occurred sometime between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27. The woman said the two called her on Oct. 29 and said they had been in the emergency room for four hours because Blue had cut his hand.
On Nov. 5, law enforcement followed Gafkjen from Runnings in Willmar to a residence in Brooten, where she grabbed a suitcase before getting back into her vehicle. Authorities were tipped off that Gafkjen was going to meet Blue at a hotel in Ham Lake.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension planned to make contact with Blue at the hotel.
When Gafkjen reached the hotel, investigators spoke with her. She said she met Blue while he was incarcerated in Kandiyohi County, where she was a corrections officer at the time. They began hanging out when he was released.
She first denied knowing anything about Medellin's death before saying on Nov. 3 or 4 Blue confessed to stabbing him.
Gafkjen said on the morning of Oct. 26, Blue called her and asked her to pick him up on Eighth Avenue, but when she arrived, he wasn't there. She then got a call from him from an unknown number. He said he was at an apartment building in Kandiyohi and Gafkjen went to pick him up. His hand was injured when she arrived.
Blue said he did not want to go to the hospital, but Gafkjen insisted and headed to a hospital in Glenwood. On the way, Blue asked Gafkjen to stop at a dumpster and threw his shoes in, she said.
According to the complaint, Gafkjen told authorities Blue met up with Medellin at the casino the night of Oct. 24 or early morning Oct. 25. They left together and stopped at a gravel road near a cornfield and got out of the vehicle.
Medellin began to run and Blue chased and stabbed him. Blue told Gafkjen "it had to be done," the complaint states.
Gafkjen was arrested and taken to the Anoka County Jail.
After jumping out of a hotel window Nov. 5, Blue confirmed to the BCA the account Gafjken gave.
Blue and Gafkjen are scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Updated: November 09, 2018 12:53 PM
Created: November 08, 2018 04:53 PM
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