Lance Alan Robertson, who is either 27 or 28 and belongs to the Spirit Lake Nation, made his preliminary appearance in federal court Thursday, the day after he was arrested in Fort Totten, according to court documents. He is accused of killing Larse Azure Jr. on Dec. 19. According to court records, Robertson picked up Azure and four others in a 2004 Dodge Durango early that morning, and they “consumed alcohols … as they traveled around the reservation.” Around 2 a.m., some passengers recommended somebody aside from Robertson drive due to the fact that “they were worried about his unpredictable and unsafe driving,” according to the criminal problem. Later on, an argument broke out among the vehicle’s occupants because Robertson stopped the SUV slightly over the center line in the westbound lane of Indian Service Roadway 6, according to court records. Passengers informed police they were fretted about being hit by another car or being apprehended. Kyle Robertson, Lance Robertson’s sibling, became annoyed and struck his sibling in the face, according to court records. The travelers then left the automobile, and one said he heard Lance Robertson yell “you’re all dead” as he put the automobile in reverse and backed up 15 to 20 yards, according to court files. He then stopped, revved the engine, drove forward and crossed into the eastbound lane towards 3 people on the south side of the road, a witness informed police. One witness stated he saw Azure waving his arms at Lance Robertson to obtain him to stop, but the motorist struck him with the automobile. Lance Robertson didn’t stop after striking Azure, according to court records, and continued driving down the road. He later on informed police he didn’t keep in mind striking Azure “however recalled sensation afraid and sensation like had done something bad,” according to court records. Azure was noticable dead at 3:50 a.m. Dec. 19 at Devils Lake Grace Hospital. Lance Robertson has a hearing set up for Friday afternoon. Court documents do not suggest whether he has gotten in a plea. They also did not state his town of residency.See all stories
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