Too sad for words.

Son charged with second-degree murder; mother feared for her life

By Staff Writer


Published 12:52 pm Friday, June 3, 2016

A Fergus Falls resident was charged Friday with second degree murder after police say he shot his father to death Wednesday evening at his father’s home.

Dustin Michael Defiel, 28, was charged with murdering his father, Rick Defiel, 56, after shooting him once in the back and once in the head, according to the criminal complaint. Dustin’s mother, who was home at the time, feared for her life, as well, the complaint said, and remained locked in a bathroom until police arrived.

Family members had feared for their safety against Dustin for several years, the complaint said.

Dustin’s brother and sister had refrained from giving out their addresses and phone numbers and had limited their contact with him over the last several years, according to Steven Kalenberg, the fiance of Dustin’s sister, whom police interviewed afterward.

Rick had removed firearms from the home after having trouble with Dustin in the past, according to Kalenberg. While Kalenberg believed the firearms had been sold, Rick may have purchased some of them back.

Kalenberg stated to police that he believed the murder had been planned out by Dustin. Prosecutors charged Dustin with second-degree murder, however, which in this case does not involve premeditation, the charge states.

On Wednesday night, Dustin’s mother said she and her husband, Rick, were at their home, at 1909 Main Street, with Rick’s friends. Rick fell asleep on the couch, she said, and the friends left at about 9 p.m. She was in the living room upstairs when she heard the front door rattle, went downstairs and found Dustin — whom she had not seen in more than a month — at the front door looking dirty and disheveled. She said he smiled and asked to do his laundry.

When she went into the bathroom later, she heard a loud pop, opened the door to the bathroom and heard Dustin yell, “Come out here.” She then said, “Did you just shoot your father?”

She heard the action on the firearm so she ran back into the bathroom and locked the door. A few moments later, she heard a second shot from the bedroom area and heard Dustin walking around outside the bathroom, and begged him to please not kill her. When she heard him walk to a different portion of the house, she grabbed her cell phone and went back into the bathroom to call 911.

Officers initially believed Dustin was still in his parents’ home, but later realized his Chevrolet Malibu was no longer there.

When officers entered the home, they found Dustin’s mother in the bathroom screaming over and over, “he’s going to kill me.”

They found Rick in a bed in the bedroom deceased.

Police then received information that Dustin was traveling east on State Highway 210 near Battle Lake. Officers arrested Dustin while conducting a traffic stop. They observed a camouflage rifle with a mounted scope in the front seat, according to the complaint.

Fergus Falls Police Chief Kile Bergren met with Dustin at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Otter Tail County jail.

Dustin was given his Miranda warning and indicated he didn’t feel like giving a statement at the moment.

He then said: “Go ahead and charge me with whatever you have to for now,” according to the complaint.

There was dried blood on Dustin’s face and hands and his demeanor was calm and emotionless, according to Bergren’s observations in the complaint.

Dustin made his initial court appearance Friday.

The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 40 years imprisonment.

Dustin has a previous misdemeanor conviction from August 2011 for violating a restraining order and another for a misdemeanor theft conviction from September 2005, according to court records.

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