WAHPETON, N.D. — A Wahpeton man was in custody Monday, Dec. 2, after he allegedly killed his nephew during a fight, according to Richland County court documents.
The affidavit for the criminal case says on Nov. 29 James Bynaum and his nephew Oscar Bynaum got into an argument at a Wahpeton apartment building. Oscar started punching holes in walls and eventually got into a fight with James.
During the fight, James put Oscar into a chokehold until he went limp and then left the apartment without checking on his well-being, the affidavit said. Wahpeton Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson said James left for the home of a nearby relative to calm down.
No one returned to check on Oscar Bynaum until the afternoon of Nov. 29, when he was found dead, according to court documents. A preliminary medical examiner's investigation found that the manner of his death was consistent with being strangled.
James Bynaum is being charged with negligent homicide. He made his initial appearance in Richland County on Monday, where his bail was set at $10,000 after prosecutors requested that the judge set it at $500,000.
Bynaum, who was brought into court in a wheelchair, declined to comment on the charge.
Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story stated that Oscar Bynaum was found dead the afternoon of Nov. 30. He was found dead the afternoon of Nov. 29.