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Baity family members shed tears learning a loved one was murdered

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AUDUBON, M.N. -- Family members are angry after learning that a loved one was murdered. Tuesday, charges were filed against the person authorities said did it. Investigators accused an Ogema, Minnesota woman with murdering Richard Alan Baity. His body was found along a road near Ogema Friday night.

A Becker County judge has set bail at million dollars with conditions for 33-year-old Jessica Marie Kilde. The court documents state that Baity was tortured.

Valley News Live sat down and spoke with grieving family members.

"There's absolutely no justification to the action that was done upon him,” said stepsister Vernajean Dawson.

Vernajean Dawson's already suffered the loss of her first born child, this time it's the loss of her brother, Richard Alan Baity who authorities say was killed on Friday.

Flipping through photos brings back old memories.

"We lived in the country, so as you can imagine we did everything,” said Dawson. “It was good."

Family members tell us Baity was an all around easy going guy who would lend a hand to anyone in need. But, now they're left with an empty void.

"I can't just pick up the phone and have him be there no more,” said brother Kevin Baity.

A right that was taken from family when the accused and Baity's girlfriend, Jessica Marie Kilde, took his life. Court documents said Baity and Kilde were drinking and doing meth the night he died. Police found Baity in the road with marks around his neck consistent to a strap found not far from his body tied to Kilde's car indicating he was possibly dragged.

"It's not even things they write in horror movies,” said Dawson.

Dawson told us nothing will bring Baity back, all they have are photo albums. Now, they look for justice.

"The only justice right now is the fact that she's sitting behind bars,” said Kevin Baity. The family still has many unanswered questions.

Court documents we obtained say Kilde changed her story several times. Originally she told authorities that when she got in her car, Baity was standing on the deck. Another time, she said she had very little recollection of what happened and how Baity ended up on the road.

A prayer service will be held for Baity Thursday, August 21st, at the White Earth Community Center from 5-7p.m.  
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