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20-Year-Old Man Charged In New Town Murder

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A man is charged with the murder of a North Dakota war hero...

Jeremiah Sage, a North Dakota war veteran, was murdered last Thursday in New Town.

A prayer service for Sage will be held this afternoon in New Town.

His funeral is scheduled for Friday in Twin Buttes.

Sage graduated from high school in 2000 and enlisted with the U.S. Marines. 

According to his obituary, Sage was deployed to Iraq where he served two tours of duty.

Sage also took part in the search and rescue of Private First Class Jessica Lynch -- who was captured by Iraqi's in 2003.

Sage earned numerous decorations, medals and badges during his service.

At the time of Sage's death -- he was employed as a Compliance Officer with the Three Affiliated Tribes TERO office..

20 year old Waylon Hicks  has been charged in federal court with second degree murder in the case.

Court documents say Hicks called 9-1-1 around 2 a.m. July 20th.

Officers located him on Highway 23 outside of New Town with blood on his hands.

According to an affidavit, Hicks told officers he stabbed Sage numerous times in the chest.

Hicks claimed he was sexually assaulted by Sage which led to the stabbing.

Court records say Hicks got out of the pickup which was parked at the marina -- and started walking away.

He says the pickup came at him, he jumped on the running board and slashed Sage's throat.

Sage's vehice was on fire when authorities located it, his body was extensively burned.

An autopsy shows Sage died of a stab wound to his heart.

Hicks is being detained without bond.

He is an enrolled member of an out-of-state tribe.

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