Man arrested for fatal hunting-related incident

Published: Nov. 28, 2018 at 6:57 PM CST
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UPDATE: One man was arrested in Becker County in relation to the fatal hunting-related incident that happened on the White Earth Reservation on November 10th .

54-year-old Morris Dodd Jr was taken into custody at the Becker County jail on charges of 2nd Degree Manslaughter, and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, officers discovered a shell casing, cigarette butt and footprints in a wooded area several yards from where Nelson was found dead. A man told police he remembered seeing an older male with a long beard hunting in the area around the time of the fatal gunshot.

Police then interviewed Dodd who admitted he was hunting in the general area Nelson's body was found. Dodd said that sometime in the morning on Nov. 10, he fired a shot in the area of a fawn, hoping to spook it.

Dodd told investigators that he didn't see a vehicle and denied purposefully shooting at anyone or anything.

The bullet, shell casing and Dodd's rifle were sent to the Minnesota BCA, which found that the bullet and shell came from Dodd's rifle.

Dodd was convicted of sex crimes back in 1994 which prohibited him from owning any firearms.

On Monday, Nov. 12, we got an update that emergency crews found 53-year-old Jay Clayton Nelson of Cormorant Township, Becker County, dead as a result of a gunshot wound.

Police say the incident was a hunting related accident that happened about 1/2 mile east of Yellowhead Trail and about 1/2 miles west of Little Flat Lake, Section 25 of West Sugar Bush Township.

Family members of Nelson told Valley News Live that they believed it was a previous offender trying to get revenge on Jay.

Members of the immediate family, however, say they don't share that concern and are waiting for the final report before making any conclusions.