- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - An 18-year-old man was charged Wednesday with the shooting deaths of two fellow employees at a north-central North Dakota hog farm.

Jeremy Rodriguez Rios, of Bottineau, is charged in Northeast District Court with two counts of felony murder in the deaths of Brian Story, 37, and Christopher Sluder, 50. Their bodies were found Tuesday morning after the Bottineau County sheriff responded to a 911 call.

All three men worked at Turtle Mountain Pork, a commercial hog operation about 13 miles west of Bottineau, between the communities of Landa and Souris. Sluder managed the business.

Court documents do not list a lawyer for Rodriguez Rios.

Investigators say Rodriguez Rios was among some workers who argued with Sluder and Story on Monday afternoon during a conversation about employee work performance. Story was entered into an employee development program with the company, a sheriff’s affidavit says.

Rodriguez Rios admitted to shooting the two men with a handgun and throwing the gun in the sewage pit below the hog barns, according to the affidavit. Police say they found a case for a 9mm handgun and a partial box of Winchester 9mm ammunition at Rodriguez Rios’ apartment in Bottineau.

The affidavit says officers obtained a search warrant after they were alerted to a posting on Rodriguez Rios’ Facebook page that showed a picture of a black handgun. Rodriguez Rios admitted to posting the photo, but said it came from the Internet.

Investigators say the shooting took place between 6:53 and 8:17 a.m. Tuesday. One of the bodies was found in a hallway connecting two of the hog barns and the other was located on a walkway between the pig pens in another hog barn.

Rios faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. A court date for his initial appearance has not been scheduled.

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