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Published May 07, 2014, 10:06 AM

UPDATE: Bail review denied for man charged in south Fargo murder case

FARGO - A bail review was denied for a Moorhead man charged in the drug-related stabbing death of a Fargo man in March.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO - A bail review was denied for a Moorhead man charged in the drug-related stabbing death of a Fargo man in March.

Prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek said a bail review was denied Wednesday morning for Arlen Clapper.

Clapper, 46, is charged with one count of Class AA murder. He and his two children are being held on $1 million bail on murder charges linked to the stabbing death of 26-year-old Rolandas House in the Cash Wise grocery store parking lot in Fargo on March 14.

The 46-year-old along with Tamara Clapper, 22, and Alexander Clapper, 19, all of Moorhead, were charged with a fourth person, Wade Garrett, in the allegedly drug-related stabbing. None of the Clappers have entered pleas in the case. An initial plea hearing is likely to occur for the elder Clapper at his next court appearance, Van de Streek said.

Garrett, who pleaded guilty in the case, told investigators the four plotted to lure House to a sham drug deal to rob him several hours after House stole drugs and money from Alexander Clapper. He has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Garrett said that he had fought with House and stabbed him using a knife Alexander Clapper had given him, then gave the money he found in House's pocket to Arlen Clapper.

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