Detective: Accused bragged about N.D. murder
DICKINSON, N.D. A preliminary hearing for Shane Patrick Miller -- a 39-year-old Texas man charged with murder -- Wednesday uncovered several twists which were not previously released to the public. The body of Neal Douglas Matejovsky was found in...
A preliminary hearing for Shane Patrick Miller -- a 39-year-old Texas man charged with murder -- Wednesday uncovered several twists which were not previously released to the public.
The body of Neal Douglas Matejovsky was found in Dunn County on April 10. Miller is accused of shooting and killing Matejovsky, but Benjamin Robert Orf is believed to have stabbed him just after Miller allegedly delivered the fatal bullet, Detective Kylan Klauzer from the Dickinson Police Department said at the hearing.
Miller pleaded not guilty.
Orf allegedly told Klauzer that Miller pulled Matejovsky out of a car, threw him on the ground and shot him in the arm. The bullet reportedly entered Matejovsky's chest.
"Neal then sits up and says 'Why are you doing this to me?' and Shane proceeds to fire another round which goes through the left side of the neck," Klauzer said. "After Shane had shot Neal the second time, Shane told Ben that he ... needed to come out and do something as well."
Orf then stabbed Matejovsky, Klauzer said.
Orf was reportedly Matejovsky's stepson at one time. Klauzer said Matejovsky allegedly abused Orf as a child -- a possible motive for the murder.
"Ben does refer to Shane as Dad at times throughout the interview and vice versa," Klauzer said.
However, he said the two are not related to his knowledge.
"I don't know why Ben Orf refers to Shane as Dad," Ross Sundeen, Dunn County state's attorney said after the hearing.
Miller and Matejovsky had also reportedly been in a heated argument on March 26, the day Matejovsky is believed to have been murdered.
During the hearing, officer Nick Gates said he interviewed someone who had contact with Miller, Orf and Matejovsky on March 26.
"She thought that Neal Matejovsky was going to be killed," Gates said.
The murder weapon was reportedly a .45 caliber gun and Orf had a .45 caliber pistol in his possession at one time, but neither have been located. However, authorities reportedly found .45 caliber clips at Orf's residence.
At least three people have told police they heard Miller talk about committing the murder at a party, Klauzer said.
"Shane Miller was bragging about shooting Neal Matejovsky," Klauzer said. "He actually demonstrated at the party how he killed Neal and how he shot him once in the chest and once in the head."
Klauzer said Orf was able to describe the crime scene in great detail and led authorities to Matejovsky's body.
Orf is held at the Burleigh County Detention Center in Bismarck for being a felon in possession of a firearm. However, Orf has not been charged for the alleged stabbing.
Sundeen said he is planning to charge Orf for his alleged connection to the murder, but would not say when.
Orf's preliminary hearing is at 2 p.m. Monday.
Sundeen is not planning other charges against Miller.
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