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Teen charged over St. Croix angler killing makes first court appearance

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The teenager accused of stabbing Wisconsin angler Peter Kelly to death by the St. Croix River has been charged and made his first court appearance today.

Levi Acre-Kendall, 19, of Cambridge, Minnesota, has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide by the Polk County Attorney's Office, according to a press release, and appeared in court Friday having turned himself in Thursday.

He is accused of stabbing 34-year-old father-of-five Kelly following a confrontation that started on opposite sides of the St. Croix River at Interstate Park, where they were both fishing with friends on Tuesday night.

KSTP reports that Kelly's friend told police that a group of men – said to include Acre-Kendall – across on the Wisconsin side of the river yelled obscenities at them, and that Kelly had told them to stop.

The argument continued, and Kelly and his friend then drove to the other side of the river and approached the men as they were walking to their vehicles. In the ensuing confrontation, a "shiny object" was allegedly pulled out by Acre-Kendall, Kelly's friend told the authorities.

The Star Tribune reports that police then have differing accounts over how Kelly was stabbed. Kelly's friend told authorities that the three younger men were standing outside their car when it happened, but Acre-Kendall's friends say Kelly was trying to pull him out of the car as they tried to leave.

Police continue to investigate and speak to the others who were at the river on the night. Acre-Kendall's bail has been set at $125,000.

A GoFundMe page set up to support Kelly's family has so far raised more than $72,000 in just over two days.

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