Norman Myears, the grandfather of murder suspect William Myears, was released from Crow Wing County jail Monday, one day after he was arrested for ramming a manure spreader into a Crow Wing County squad car and dumping manure on the vehicle.
Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan declined to press charges Monday against Myears, 65, after deputies arrested him Sunday at his Nokay Lake Township home for obstructing the legal process and property damage.
On Saturday night, a neighbor discovered the skeletal remains of Erika Dalquist on property owned by Norman and Arleen Myears. On Monday morning an arrest warrant was issued for William Myears on charges of second-degree intentional murder and second-degree unintentional murder.
Crow Wing County will not press charges against Norman Myears.
On Sunday, Norman Myears apparently rammed his manure spreader into a county squad car after law enforcement officials had obtained a search warrant and were there to search the property. The Myearses previously had been cooperative with the Dalquist family's private search of their property on Saturday, but had been uncooperative with law enforcement's attempts at gaining access to their land.
Norman Myears, wearing handcuffs and dressed in county jail-issued orange clothing, appeared before Crow Wing County District Court Judge Frederick Casey Monday afternoon. Ryan told Casey that it was his opinion that Myears did not need to spend another night in jail. He said if Myears gave him his word that he would no longer interfere in the Dalquist murder investigation, he would not press charges against him.
Myears promised he wouldn't interfere.
Ryan said he believed it was appropriate to release Myears and not press charges against him, but added that he will not rule out criminal charges in the incident.
When Twin Cities area television reporters questioned why Ryan would do this, the county attorney smiled.
"Sometimes that's the way we do it in the non-metro area," Ryan told reporters.
JODIE TWEED can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5858.
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