At 6:36 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2013, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a fight involving a number of individuals at a residence located in the 1300 block of Quill Ln SE, Ten Lakes Township, approximately 13 miles east of Bemidji. Deputies and Leech Lake Tribal Police Officers responding to the scene found a large group of extremely intoxicated individuals who were bleeding and in various states of distress.
Emergency efforts were undertaken in an attempt to revive Leslie Headbird, age 44, of Quill Ln SE at the residence. Unfortunately, Headbird was beaten so severely that he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the Cass Lake Hospital. Two other victims, a male and female were also taken to the hospital with possible life threatening injuries.
A short time later, a suspect was identified as Damion John Gullickson, Jr. 19, of Cass Lake, MN. He was found in Cass Lake after he attempted to break into a residence and stopped a car on the street attempting to jack the car and driver. He was arrested by responding Cass County Deputies and taken to the Cass Lake IHS Hospital, later transferring to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries. A second suspect, Dora Jean Keezer, 29, of Cass Lake, MN, was also arrested. Both suspects are lodged in the Beltrami County Jail for 2nd degree murder and assault charges pending review of the case by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Crime Scene Team responded to process the scene for evidence. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Leech Lake Tribal Police, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, BCA Special agents, Minnesota State Patrol, Paul Bunyan Task Force, Bemidji Ambulance and Leech Lake Ambulance.
Sheriff Phil Hodapp