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Murder charges filed

Charges have been filed against an area man after police say he killed his grandmother late last week.

Aaron Wilkinson, 28, of Bismarck, is being charged with a class A felony of murder in the first degree.

According to a probable cause statement, detectives with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department were called to 1007 Veranda Dr. in Bismarck after Brenda DeClue was discovered dead in her home.

On Nov. 11 Wilkinson made statements to family members in Washington County that he killed his grandmother. It was reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and they called Bismarck Police to check the well-being of DeClue.

A woman told detectives that she picked Wilkinson up at his grandmother’s residence on Thursday and that Wilkinson was in possession of several duffel bags, including DeClue’s checkbook and cell phone.

The detective reported that based off of Wilkinson’s statements and the knowledge that Wilkinson resides at his grandmother’s residence, members of the Bismarck Police Department went to DeClue’s residence and forced entry into DeClue’s home.

She was found dead from an apparent assault. The detective reported that DeClue sustained life-threatening wounds that were not self-inflicted. Upon the discovery of DeClue’s body, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department was contacted to pick up Wilkinson.

He was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Washington County Jail, where a detective from St. Francois County picked him up for questioning.

An autopsy was conducted on DeClue first thing Monday morning and the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was homicide.

Wilkinson is being held on a $1 million bond in the St. Francois County Jail.

Wilkinson

Wilkinson

The murder of a Bismarck woman took place at this home sometime on Sunday. The house is located at 1007 Veranda Drive.

The murder of a Bismarck woman took place at this home sometime on Sunday. The house is located at 1007 Veranda Drive.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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