BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police said Friday that they arrested a man who they believe fatally shot the mother of his child in a Minot apartment earlier this year, but that they’re still investigating the killing of her brother, mother and mother’s boyfriend.

Omar Kalmio was arrested on a murder charge in the January slaying of 19-year-old Sabrina Zephier, Police Capt. Dan Strandberg said. Their infant daughter was found alive in the apartment where Zephier’s body was found.

Zephier’s mother, Jolene, 38; brother, Dillon, 13; and Jeremy Longie, 22, the mother’s boyfriend, were found slain in a nearby mobile home the same day. Kalmio is not an official suspect in those killings, but police are still investigating them, Strandberg said.

The Zephiers were members of South Dakota’s Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Kalmio, who is Somali, was arrested at the Grand Forks County jail, where he has been held since early February on an unrelated immigration charge. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. He previously spoke with The Associated Press by telephone from the jail, but he did not immediately respond to a request left Friday seeking comment about the murder charge.

Witnesses say they heard Kalmio describe details of injuries to Zephier that had not been publicly released, according to police.

Kalmio, who was 26 years old in February, was convicted in 2006 of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and sentenced to about a year in prison. Kalmio and a group of other Somali men attacked a man in Minneapolis in January 2006, and Kalmio stabbed him three times in the back with a knife, according to a criminal complaint in the case. He was jailed in February for allegedly violating the terms of his release in that case. Kalmio also was convicted of theft that year.

Strandberg said this summer’s flooding in Minot may have delayed Kalmio’s arrest in the slaying because police had to divert their efforts elsewhere.

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Comments (5)
  1. tired of deciphering codes says:

    It will be a joyous day when the people who write these articles, learn how to structure a Title or sentence in their stories. Perhaps giving the job to some wrongly laid off worker over fifty who learned how to compose, would help. They also could mentor those who cannot.

  2. common man says:

    It’s unfortunate that manpower was so low that the police had to make a choice between taking a murderer off the street or attending to a flood.

  3. Liam Gilmorasy says:

    Who is giving out these useless sentences?
    Are the judges hands tied because of sentencing guidelines?
    Do our state reps. create these sentencing standards for this sort of crime?
    This piece of junk was in jail for ONE YEAR for being part of a group of Somalis that stabbed a man 3 times in the BACK.
    There is a huge lack of assimilation going on with people that charitable organizations have brought to this country.
    There seems to be absolutely NO oversight with these people by those who brought them here.
    Are there not sponsors responsible?
    This is not the sort of happening we see once every few years here.. this has become routine and those responsible for bringing these people here.. and unfortunately I do say “these people” because they are very very different from most of those from these parts.
    I’m sick of hearing about it.
    And our elected officials and law enforcement seem to be mysteriously silent about. it. And all those “Bleeding Heart, pseudo Christian” charities that helped bring them here.. where are they now..
    This is a growing mess that is not going away but is very fecund ….
    Thank you.

  4. DOC says:

    This is something 10mg.of 9mm applied to the head would cure.

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