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A set of car keys left at the crime scene was the clue that led police away from other suspects and to Tweed and Sumner, who lived together in north Moorhead. In the weeks that followed, details of what happened came to light.
The report did not say whether there was any evidence of sexual contact. Dorff was a California native who moved to Fargo in and soon became known for his computer programming expertise. Tweed was found guilty but Sumner, tried later, was acquitted after Tweed decided not to testify against him. Even lived in Wahpeton, N. The couple stopped seeing each other in mid-March ofEven said, after Dorff became interested in someone else.
Terry Dorff, shown in this undated photo, was murdered on April 8, in his basement apartment in Fargo. Terry Dorff, a computer programmer, was killed in his basement apartment in Fargo on April 8, He's buried in a south Fargo cemetery. David Allan Sumner is led out of court from his arraignment hearing on May 21,where he was formally charged with the murder of Terry Dorff of Fargo on April 8, She was four months pregnant and alone with her 3-year-old son.
Earlier, Tweed and Sumner had drank beer and whiskey.
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Energy and Mining. His cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation and blood loss from blunt-force injuries to the head, according to a medical examiner. People didn't use last names. Tweed was so drunk, he hit the bookstore with his car, he testified. Suggested Articles. Mark Chekola, 75, a gay activist at the time, said Dorff was also not careless.
His biggest fear, he said, was that his name would end up in the newspaper or on the TV news. Trending Articles. Reginald Tweed watches attorney Mark A. Beauchene in district court during his arraignment on May 14,for the murder of Terry Dorff on April 8, At that point police changed course on a possible motive, saying the murder was likely the result of a pickup gone bad or gay-bashing. It was one place gays and lesbians could socialize at the time without fear of being shamed or outed.
Reginald Tweed and David Sumner were both charged with theft and murder in connection with Dorff's death.
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Even immediately drove to Fargo and the crime scene, telling police there that he knew who lived in the basement. Initially, Fargo police said there was no reason to believe Dorff was killed because of his sexual orientation.
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This is a decorative box belonging to Terry Dorff, left behind following his murder in south Fargo in Jill O'Donnell, who lived upstairs from Dorff, has kept it in the living room of her home in Washington state for the last 30 years.
Should have I done this, should have I done that? Written By: Robin Huebner am, Jul. The two met at a gay dance held at the old Regency Inn in Moorhead, now home to the Courtyard by Marriott, shown in the background.
Both he and Sumner punched Dorff and hit him in the head with the rock, Tweed testified, but did not intend to kill him. There were people in the local gay community, Chekola said, who would have been helpful in the investigation but were too scared to come forward.
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His Doberman pinscher named Roger ed him. Tweed took the fall for everything with his conviction — a decision he tried, unsuccessfully, to appeal multiple times, even to the North Dakota Supreme Court. The Vault.
Her then-husband was in California to pitch the software program he and Dorff were developing. Jill O'Donnell, who found the body of Terry Dorff after he was murdered in south Fargo inis pictured during a Zoom interview. She went to work a few hours later, thinking Dorff was sleeping off a wild night. That night, after he got home from work, Even turned on the evening news to hear about a suspicious death in a townhouse in Bluemont Lakes. Though technology was a primary interest, he was featured in a May story in The Forum as a devotee of transcendental meditation.
It was around the time of the business announcement that Dorff and Even met and began dating.
But the encounter indeed became violent, with Dorff tied up and hit on the head with a rock. She called police after recognizing his keychain with its spark plug lighter and Camel cigarette flashlight, shown to the news media a few days after the killing.
The gay dances they attended were held monthly at the old Regency Inn in Moorhead, where the Courtyard by Marriott now stands just north of Interstate The dances were often packed, Even said, drawing people from all over the region.
The men were believed to be married to women but possibly separated from their wives, according to a Forum story. Police interviewed him several times, asking personal questions about sexual activities due to the appearance of the crime scene.
Businesses To Follow. His mouth was tightly gagged with a torn shirt and his head bloodied by a pound rock, which Dorff had brought with him from California to use as a doorstop. Even said Dorff was too emotionally intelligent to misread the intent of others in that kind of situation. Dorff was also a member of the high-IQ Mensa society, open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized intelligence test.
Tweed was released on parole Nov. Tweed lives in Garrison, N. Attempts to reach Sumner were unsuccessful.