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Arrests Made in Connection with Homicide in Mandan

© John J. McKinney © John J. McKinney
© Warren "Travis" Pfetzer © Warren "Travis" Pfetzer

Police have two men in custody in connection with the murder of Alex Lansdon.

The 28-year-old Lansdon was found dead in his trailer with multiple gunshot wounds in late January.

Police arrested 25-year-old John McKinney for the murder of Lansdon.

He is in custody in Stark County.

He'll have his initial court appearance on Monday.

An accomplice to the murder, 38-year-old, Travis Pfetzer had his initial appearance in Morton County this afternoon.

Police found Alex Lansdon shot to death in his trailer on January 28.


After a two month investigation they arrested and charged the man they think pulled the trigger.

"(Paul Leingang/Mandan Police Deputy Chief) There was really a number of significant events, but it's really a collection of all those things together that really led us to the eventual charge. There wasn't that one single moment, there's was really a collection of information and evidence over a period of time...together this is where we're at."

Police reports show Lansdon was shot multiple times with a 45 caliber rifle.

They also show the body had been moved around and shot again after he was dead.

The rifle they used...was sent to be destroyed.

25-year-old Jonathan McKinney is charged with the murder.

He'll also face other felony charges related to tampering with the evidence.

38-year-old Travis Pfetzer is charged as an accomplice in the murder.

He was in Morton County court Friday, where the state's attorney requested a 50 thousand dollar cash bond.

"(Warren "Travis" Pfetzer) 50 thousand would be high, I've got all eyes on me in this town. I can't J-Walk without somebody correcting me."

He has a history of charges from places as near as McKenzie County and as far away as Kentucky.

That's one reason why judge Bruce Romanick ignored the state's attorney's bond request.

And doubled it...

"(Judge Bruce Romanick/ South Central District) I'm going to set bond at 100 four c felonies, tied into a serious event...have a record out of state, now we're dealing with 100 thousand cash"

Deputy Leingang called this a challenging, whodunit' type of case.

He says assistance from multiple agencies in the state helped him solve it.

And he says, there are more arrests to come...

"The primary objective was to solve the homicide, but we have another layer of people that could have some different roles leading up to and after the course of the homicide. So we need to take a look at all of that yet. So we'll see how all that pans out."

Leingang says the victims parents live in California, and they have been notified of the arrests.

Leingang says McKinney and Pfetzer had been staying in a trailer just a few down from where Lansdon was killed.

McKinney is expected to be in court on Monday.

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