GRAND FORKS — A Northwood, N.D., woman made her first appearance in court on a charge of murdering a Grand Forks boy intentionally or with extreme indifference to the value of human life.
Samantha Wilson, 32, was arrested Monday, Jan. 27, on suspicion of shooting 15-year-old Jonah Borth in the upper chest with a 9mm pistol.
Deputies with the Grand Forks Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a male with a gunshot wound around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, according to court documents. Medical personnel attempted lifesaving measures, but Borth was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies learned through investigation that Wilson allegedly used the gun to fire at least one round at Borth, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Wilson, an Ohio native, has been a North Dakota resident for about seven years, and lives in Northwood with her two children and husband, an active member of the U.S. Air Force. She told the court Tuesday that her children are in the care of social services and her husband is deployed.
When asked by Grand Forks County District Judge Jay Knudson whether alcohol was a factor in the shooting, Carmell Mattison, the Grand Forks County Deputy State's Attorney, declined to speculate.
Knudson set Wilson's bond at $250,000 cash or surety. Due to Wilson's limited ties to the area, he also ordered Wilson to surrender her passport and not to leave the state. She was also ordered to surrender any firearms she owned and not to contact the victim's family.
If convicted, Wilson faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole for the murder charge. She also was charged with spitting blood on a corrections officer at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of five years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
Wilson will appear in court again at 9 a.m. March 2 for a preliminary hearing and arraignment. A final dispositional conference has been scheduled for May 14.