- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of killing another man by running him over with his SUV on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in northeastern North Dakota has been charged with first-degree murder.

Lance Robertson is charged in federal court in the death of Larse Azure Jr., 18, of Fort Totten. Robertson made his first court appearance Thursday, but did not enter a plea.

Authorities said Robertson was drinking with five other people in his Dodge Durango early on Dec. 19. Several occupants argued with Robertson about his erratic and unsafe driving and eventually left the vehicle while it was parked on a reservation road, according to an affidavit from a federal agent.

Investigators said one of the witnesses heard Robertson yell “you’re all dead,” as he placed the car in reverse and backed up about 20 yards and stopped. Robertson then revved his engine and ran over Azure as he was waving his arms at Robertson to stop, according to court documents. Azure was pronounced dead at a Devils Lake hospital.

Robertson drove off, the affidavit said. He was arrested by tribal police later that morning at his mother’s house. Robertson told police he did not remember striking Azure but he recalled feeling afraid and feeling like he had done something bad.

A detention hearing is set for Jan. 8. The head of the federal public defender’s office in the Dakotas could not be reached for comment Saturday.

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