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Grand Forks man charged with murder two months after unattended death

Grand Forks police announced Wednesday Kindi Jalloh, 39, has been charged with the murder of 67-year-old Grand Forks resident Douglas Elgert, who was found unresponsive May 24 in the 1200 block of North 39th Street in Grand Forks after a 911 call reporting the incident. Jalloh is incarcerated in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

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GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks man has been charged with murder more than two months after Grand Forks police investigated an unattended death.

Grand Forks police announced Wednesday, Aug. 3, that Kindi Jalloh, 39, has been charged with the murder of 67-year-old Grand Forks resident Douglas Elgert, who was found unresponsive May 24 in the 1200 block of North 39th Street in Grand Forks after a 911 call reporting the incident. Jalloh is incarcerated in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

Jalloh was originally arrested for tampering with evidence Tuesday, May 24, and at the time, Grand Forks police Lt. Andrew Stein said as the investigation moved forward “nothing is really off the table.” The next day, the department identified the male victim in the investigation as Elgert and his death was classified as a homicide.

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The case hinged on the fact defendant Stacy Stranne repeatedly opened the coffee shop and restaurant for business after the revocation of her food and beverage license by the health department.

Jalloh, according to court documents, allegedly “disposed of shoes, documents, and other items containing red biological evidence relevant to a felony murder investigation with intent to impair its verity or availability.” The red biological evidence was confirmed to be blood by Stein at the time. The evidence in question was discovered in a garbage can near the scene of the death, and Jalloh admitted the evidence belonged to him at the time of discovery and said he discarded it because he was “scared of getting into trouble.”

Jalloh is scheduled for a preliminary hearing and/or arraignment Friday at 9 a.m. The murder charge is a Class AA felony, and if convicted Jalloh could face life in prison without parole.

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