DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — An Ogema, Minn., man was found guilty Thursday, June 10, in the shooting death of a retired Lake Park, Minn., police chief while hunting in Becker County in 2018.
Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 56, was convicted by a Becker County District Court jury of second-degree manslaughter-culpable negligence for the Nov. 10, 2018, shooting death of Jay Nelson. Dodd previously pleaded guilty to two counts of ineligible person in possession of firearm or ammunition. Sentencing is scheduled for July 28.
According to the criminal complaint, a call came in reporting a death in rural Becker County on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Officers went to logging trail near Little Flat Lake, where they found Nelson dead in his vehicle.
An autopsy performed by the Ramsey County Medical Center determined that he had shot in his upper back-shoulder area. His death was classified as a homicide.
During the investigation, officers discovered a spent shell casing, a cigarette butt and footprints several hundred yards from where Nelson was found. A man was interviewed and recalled seeing an older man with a long beard hunting in the area at the time Nelson was shot. The older man was later