By Ryan Gueningsman
WILLISTON, ND A former Delano man has been charged with felony-level manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving death following an incident at a Williston, ND bar Dec. 5.
David George Krause, 28, of Alpine, WY, formerly of Delano, was charged Dec. 13 in Williams County District Court in Williston.
An affidavit states law enforcement and medical personnel were called to the area of J. Dubs bar and restaurant in Williston in response to a man who had been run over by a vehicle.
A man identified as Anthony Scoggins died from the incident, according to the affidavit.
Surveillance footage from the exterior of J. Dubs was reviewed and showed the occupants of a pickup truck engage in what appeared to be a verbal altercation with Scoggins, who was walking/standing alongside the truck, according to the affidavit.
The footage shows Scoggins next to the passenger side of the pickup truck, the truck accelerating, and Scoggins still standing. As the vehicle accelerated, Scoggins appears to fall to the ground, according to the affidavit. It appeared Scoggins’ head was run over by the passenger side rear tire of the vehicle.
The affidavit noted neither the driver nor the other two occupants of the pickup truck attempted to render aid to Scoggins or contact law enforcement, and left the scene.
In speaking with other people who were at J. Dubs, authorities were able to identify the men who were in the pickup truck as Krause, Matthew Swanson, and Adam Vanderlinde.
Swanson told authorities Krause had pulled his truck around to pick up Swanson and Vanderlinde and that an intoxicated man had been outside the bar “causing problems.”
Swanson said the man mumbled something to the group of men and attempted to go back into the bar before returning to Krause’s truck, according to the affidavit. Swanson said the man “threw punches” at Vanderlinde, who was seated in the backseat.
According to the affidavit, Swanson later told someone else who was at the bar that the man “hung on to our vehicle too.”
Swanson said Krause was driving the vehicle and quickly left the scene, according to the affidavit. A detective with the Williston Police Department spoke with Krause, who said his pickup truck was located at a residence in Williston.
The detective obtained a search warrant for Krause’s vehicle that was executed Dec. 11. A four-door charcoal grey 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup was seized as a result of the search warrant.
Law enforcement spoke with Vanderlinde the same day, who initially told authorities he, Krause, and Swanson learned of Scoggins’ death the day after the incident, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states Vanderlinde told law enforcement that he and Krause washed Krause’s pickup truck in the days after the incident occurred because there were handprints on it. The affidavit also states Vanderlinde said that he, Krause, and Swanson knew Scoggins had been run over by Krause’s vehicle at the time of the incident Dec. 5. He also said he felt a bump, looked back, and saw Scoggins.
Law enforcement also spoke with Krause Dec. 11. Krause initially denied immediate knowledge of the death of Scoggins, according to the affidavit. Following continued interrogation, the affidavit states Krause said he was made aware that Scoggins had been run over by his vehicle at the time the incident occurred, and that he had washed his truck Dec. 9.
Krause consented a search of his cell phone Dec. 11, which showed messages between he and Swanson. A message from Dec. 6 showed Swanson sent a message to Krause stating: “Dude, that guy passed away last night. WTF we should really do something. I feel terrible.” About an hour later, Krause replied to Swanson with a text stating: “Call me.”
Law enforcement received an official report of death from the North Dakota forensic medical examiner, which indicates Scoggins died as a result of blunt head and face injuries due to being run over by a motor vehicle, according to the affidavit.
Bail for Krause was set at $150,000. As of press time, his next court date has not been scheduled, according to an appearance bond.
Neither Swanson nor Vanderlinde are facing charges regarding the incident.