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Man involved in shooting was stepson
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A man arrested in connection with a shooting death Friday has an extensive criminal record and was the victim's stepson.

Police arrested Benjamin Orf Friday after 49-year-old Neal Matejovsky's body was found in Dunn County. Orf is his former stepson, said Mary Giles, Matejovsky's mother.


Giles said Matejovsky was married to Orf's mother for seven to eight years. North Dakota Court records show the divorce took place in 1996.

Matejovsky and Orf, who is reportedly in his mid-20s, both lived in Dickinson at the time of the shooting.

Jaden Bear, a friend of Matejovsky's, said she has never met Orf.

"Neal always spoke really highly of him," she said.

Matejovsky was reported missing a few weeks ago and his body was found Friday in Dunn County. Orf was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Shane Patrick Miller, 39, of Texas, was arrested Saturday in Gulf Shores, Ala. Miller has been charged with murder and is incarcerated in Alabama. He waived extradition and will be taken to Dickinson's Southwest Multi County Correction Center, though when is unclear.

Orf asked for a lower bond but a judge denied the request Wednesday. His bond remains at $50,000 cash.

Stark County Assistant State's Attorney Rhonda Ehlis said the reduction was denied "due to his record and because he (the judge) has to keep the interests of public safety in mind."

She added Orf was convicted of criminal conspiracy in Dickinson. Ehlis said his criminal record in Williston includes encouraging minors to participate in a street gang, hazing, and false reports to law enforcement.

"From what I've seen, his record is extensive," Ehlis said.

A gathering to remember Matejovsky will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the Yellowstone River Inn in Glendive, Mont.

Condolences or memorials for his daughter Jessica may be sent to: Shirley Ann Brown, 303 S. Sargent Ave., Glendive, Mont. 59330.