MINNEAPOLIS – Two men were convicted Tuesday for murdering a couple on the Red Lake Indian Reservation on New Year’s Day 2011.
A federal jury in St. Paul convicted Geshik-O-Binese Martin, 30, and Edward McCabe Robinson, 28, both of Red Lake, on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of robbery, according to a press release from U.S. Department of Justice.
The jury also found David John Martin, 46, of Columbia Heights, guilty on one count of robbery.
George Allen Martin, 24, of Red Lake, was acquitted on all counts.
All four were charged in a superseding indictment Jan. 15.
Robinson and Geshik-O-Binese Martin face potential maximum penalties of life in federal prison. They and David Martin face a potential maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison for robbery, according to the press release.
Their actual sentences will be determined at a future, unscheduled court date.
Craig David Roy and Darla Ann Beaulie were killed on Jan. 1, 2011, while money and illegal drugs were stolen from Roy’s reservation home. The home was destroyed in a fire that same day.
Autopsies determined that both victims were killed by multiple stab wounds and not the fire itself, according to the press release.
Terin Rene Stately, 25, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty on Nov. 25, 2012, to one count of aiding and abetting robbery. She admitted in her plea agreement to driving the group to and from Roy’s home and waiting in the vehicle during the robbery.
On Feb. 26 this year, Kevin John Needham, 21, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery. In his plea agreement, he admitted that he agreed to travel to Roy’s residence and take money and cocaine by force with Robinson, Stately and the Martins. He stood in the driveway during the robbery.
The crime was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. They were assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the State Fire Marshal.