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Siewert hearing reset to April

CARLTON - A hearing for an alleged member of the Native Mob accused of murdering a Floodwood woman was continued to April on Thursday, Dec. 20, because evidence is still being processed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

CARLTON - A hearing for an alleged member of the Native Mob accused of murdering a Floodwood woman was continued to April on Thursday, Dec. 20, because evidence is still being processed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Michael William Siewert, 22, who listed his last address as Bloomington, Minn., is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the death of Cristyna Leah Watson, 25. Watson's body was found on Oct. 4 on property off Reservation Road outside Cloquet. A medical examiner determined that she died as a result of "homicidal violence."

Public defender James Austad of Bemidji asked for the continuance and Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler supported the postponement.

"Evidence was seized and there are DNA samples from various items as well as individuals that needs to be analyzed," Pertler said after the hearing. "The case is moving along as well as can be expected with all of the investigative reports, processing and analyzing of evidence that needs to be done."

Pertler said more than 30 investigative reports have been generated in the case.

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Judge Dale Wolf scheduled a hearing for April 3 in which Siewert will be able to challenge the admissibility at trial of the evidence gathered against him. The defendant is also charged as being a felon in possession of a firearm. He's being held in the Carlton County Jail on $500,000 bail.

The victim's mother, other relatives and friends attended the hearing, Pertler said. Alyssa Rae Peterson, 24, and Clifford James Thompson, 56, both of Cloquet, each are charged with aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact in the case.

According to the criminal complaint against Siewert, he and Peterson were in a romantic relationship. Cloquet police were investigating drug trafficking on Oct. 2 when Peterson said she had information regarding Native Mob gang activity and serious crimes in connection with Watson's disappearance and disposal of her body at 213 Reservation Road, where defendant Thompson lives.

Siewert is accused of taking Watson's cell phone and her 2005 gray Pontiac Grand Prix, which he drove to the Twin Cities and sold to another party in exchange for controlled substances, the complaint alleges. A search warrant filed in the case states that Peterson told investigators that Siewert traded Watson's car to a woman in the Twin Cities for two ounces of methamphetamine.

After receiving information from Peterson and other witnesses, law enforcement executed numerous search warrants. With the help of cadaver dogs, Watson's body was found at Thompson's residence, where Siewert had been staying.

Siewert has been in custody since Oct. 4 on an unrelated charge in connection with allegedly shooting a man in the foot on the Fond du Lac Reservation in August as punishment for "certain gang-related activity."

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