The murder suspect in the Minnesota Security Hospital homicide case made a court appearance on Friday afternoon in Nicollet County.
Darnell Whitefeather, who was a patient at the facility, has now been formally charged with three counts of murder of another patient, Michael Douglas.
Whitefeather sat stoically before a judge and answered yes or no to questions. And the Nicollet County Attorney says this isn't Whitefeather's first time in trouble with the law.
The county attorney says Whitefeather previously served more than seven years in prison in regard to a different case.
In regard to the Douglas homicide case, due to a violent past, the county attorney asked, and a judge agreed to set Whitefeather's bail at $1.5 million without conditions, and one million dollars with them. The county attorney says if Whitefeather were to post bail, he would be remanded back to the custody of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
The criminal complaint states that on Wednesday evening,authorities responded to the security hospital to investigate an assault. Michael Douglas, a patient at the facility was found lying on the floor with a large pool of blood underneath his head.
Court documents go on to say during the day, Whitefeather wanted to see a doctor about his medications. He was then told he should speak with a nurse about the concerns.
A security counselor said Whitefeather became "fed up" and said: "How do you guys expect me not to hurt people if you don't help me?"
The criminal complaint goes on to say "the defendant indicated that he concluded in order to get staff attention, he needed to assault someone, and he selected Douglas."
Whitefeather then allegedly entered Douglas' room and punched him in the face. Douglas' head was also apparently stomped on.
When asked to estimate how many times Douglas' head was stomped on, Whitefeather allegedly told authorities maybe 30 times.
The Nicollet County Attorney said her condolences go out to the victim's family.
Right now Whitefeather is facing two, second–degree counts and one, third–degree murder charge. A first–degree murder charge requires a grand jury indictment. When asked if that could happen, the Nicollet CountyAttorney declined to comment on that possibility.
Whitefeather is due back in court on January 28.