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Woman faces life in prison for death of man at Grand Forks truck stop

GRAND FORKS -- With a suspect in jail on a $500,000 bond, police continue to investigate the death of a man police say was shot at a Grand Forks truck stop Friday.

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GRAND FORKS -- With a suspect in jail on a $500,000 bond, police continue to investigate the death of a man police say was shot at a Grand Forks truck stop Friday.

Krystal Lynn Feist, 31, made her first appearance in court Monday after being charged the same day with murder, an AA felony, the highest level felony in North Dakota Century Code. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Feist was booked into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center Friday on suspicion of murder after police found Austin Brant Forsman, 24, of Grand Forks, dead in a vehicle at the Flying J truck stop at 4401 32nd Ave. S. the same day.

At Feist's first court appearance, which she attended via video from the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, Judge Lolita Romanick read Feist her rights, explained the charge and set bond.

The prosecution recommended a $1 million cash bond for Feist based on her criminal history and the severity of the charge.

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Feist responded "there's no way" she could pay that. She requested the judge lower the bond so she could "go out there and take care of my daughters," who are in custody of her brother while she is in jail, she said.

Judge Romanick ordered a $500,000 cash bond for Feist, which the judge said was "reasonable" given the "quite serious" charge.

Police began investigating after finding Forsman at the truck stop at 5:11 a.m. Friday.

That day, Forsman was sitting in the driver's seat of a parked car with another person in the Flying J parking lot between 4 and 5 a.m., court documents state.

The passenger exited the vehicle Forsman was in and got into a white SUV driven by Feist, according to court documents. Another person was also in the car with Feist.

Feist drove up behind Forsman's parked vehicle and got out of the SUV with "a long gun in her hands," court documents state.

Feist walked to the driver's side of Forsman's vehicle and "utters something" before pointing the gun at Forsman and firing the gun, documents state.

Some of the events leading up to the alleged murder were caught on surveillance camera, Grand Forks County Assistant State's Attorney Jason McCarthy told WDAZ-TV.

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McCarthy also said police were able to apprehend Feist within hours after finding Forsman Friday with help from the two people in the vehicles at the time of the incident.

Police are still investigating "all possible avenues" of the incident and are still processing evidence and determining if anyone else will be charged, Lt. Derik Zimmel said.

Since the investigation is ongoing, police have not released a motive or other details.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the death to contact authorities at (701) 787-8000, at investigate@grandforksgov.com , or by texting the word "tipster" and the tip to 847411.

A fundraising page was set up over the weekend on YouCaring.com, a crowd-funding website similar to GoFundMe, to help Forsman's family with funeral costs. Twenty-one people had raised $1,690, as of Monday evening.

Other open case

In addition to the murder charge, Feist faces a misdemeanor charge in another active court case.

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She was formally charged Jan. 28 with hindering law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor, in Grand Forks District Court.
Police were looking for a man on an outstanding arrest warrant and found him hiding in the trunk of Feist's car, according to court documents.

Feist faces a much shorter sentence for the misdemeanor than her felony charge--a maximum of one year in prison and $3,000 fine for the misdemeanor. She next appears in Grand Forks District Court for the misdemeanor 1:30 p.m. May 10.

Feist has faced multiple charges across North Dakota, according to court records, 25 in total dating back to 2005. Most of the charges are driving-related, such as speeding violations. She also was convicted of check forgery, drug possession and driving while intoxicated in Polk County in 2005.

Feist, who said she graduated from Turtle Lake Mercer High School in 2003, has lived in Grand Forks "pretty much all my life," she told the judge Monday, but she said she's moved between Grand Forks and Bismarck recently.

She is being held at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, and she will appear again in Grand Forks District Court on the murder charge 9 a.m. April 18.

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