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Gruesome Details Released in John Swain's Murder


Gruesome details are revealed in court on the murder of a missing South Dakota teen.

Theo Crowe and Joshua Clark are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder for the death of 18 year old John Swain.

Clark maintained his not guilty plea today, while Crowe changed his plea to guilty.

The men are accused of killing Swain in a Bismarck home May 11th.

Prosecutor Pam Nesvig says the men got rid of the murder weapon and burned Swain's clothing.

His body was later found in Crowe's grandmother's backyard in Poplar, Montana.

Swain had moved to Bismarck for work just a few weeks before being killed.

A friend of the victim says Swain did not know the men prior to the murder.

The judge asked Crowe what happened. He said the codefendant, Clark was the mastermind and told him "he wanted to kill somebody."

(Burleigh County Prosecutor Pam Nesvig) "A weapon, a hammer in this instance, was utilized by both defendant Crowe and defendant Clark in striking the victim in this case, striking him in the head. In addition, there was dismemberment of the legs from Mr. Swain's body at that residence as well. Both codefendants were involved in that process."

Judge Jorgenson ordered an evaluation for Crowe before he is sentenced.

Clark's case will be set for trial.

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