User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


67° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Wagner Murder Suspect Arrested

February 25, 2008, 6:08 PM by Lou Raguse

A party in Wagner that lasted well into Sunday morning ended with one man dead, a woman in the hospital, and another man charged with murder. 

Steve Cournoyer III, of Marty, is accusing of beating both 47-year-old Michael Costello and 42-year-old Tamara Bruguier with a baseball bat. 

He's charged with murder and attempted murder, thanks to several witnesses who talked to police and surveilence video that left only one conclusion. Neighbors call the killing a result of drunken jealousy.

At the tail end of an apartment drinking party, only one of the last three partiers walked on on his own accord. And, according the court documents, surveillance video reveals that person to be Steve Cournoyer, III carrying a bloody baseball bat. 

"This is an alcoholic thing. Some people can't get away from it. It causes some people to do stuff they weren't supposed to do," says neighbor Wesley Garneaus, who called all three people friends.

He says Michael Costello and Tamara Bruguier, the two people left lying inside the apartment, were dating. 

Lou Raguse: How long were they seeing each other? 

Garneaus: About a week or so. 

Raguse: That's it? 

Garneaus: Yeah. And this guy Steve, they'd been going out a year or so before that. 

Garneaus says Cornoyer was Bruguier's ex-boyfriend. 

"That's how it happened, I guess. He got mad," Gearneau says.

According to court papers, at least two witnesses told police Cournoyer admitted to them he beat Costello and Bruguier with a baseball bat. One of them even claims they saw the bloody bat. 

Investigators say after confronting with surveilence video, Cournoyer admitted leaving the apartment carrying a bat. Leaving him as the one authorities believe committed a crime friends didn't see coming. 

"He's a pretty good guy. Some people change whenever they drink," Garneaus says.

Bruguier is in a Sioux City hospital in critical condition with serious head injuries. 

According to court documents, Cournoyer's side of the story is that he saw two people leave the apartment carrying a bloody lead pipe. 

He's in jail now on a 1-million dollar bond.

Previous Story

Next Story




 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Sutton Bay CEO Dies In UTV Rollover Crash

8/25/2014 2:34 PM

The CEO of Sutton Bay Resort in central South Dakota died after rolling his 2014 Polaris Ranger late Sunday night.

Full Story
Authorities Search For Missing Inmate

8/24/2014 10:43 AM

31-year-old Bridget Franzen failed to report to a work release job on Saturday, August 23.

Full Story
SF Mother, Daughter Admit To Large Drug Conspiracy

8/27/2014 10:54 AM

Faith Rasmussen, 21, and her 55-year-old mother Theresa Rasmussen admit they were bringing marijuana from California to South Dakota and distributing ...

Full Story
SF Drug Ring Involved 220 lbs. Of Marijuana

8/27/2014 5:48 PM

Her boyfriend was killed during a botched robbery in December in northwest Sioux Falls. Faith Rasmussen and her mother, Theresa, have now pleaded guil...

Full Story | Watch
Car vs. School Bus Crash Near Inwood, Iowa

8/26/2014 11:31 AM

Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating a serious crash involving a car and a school bus.

Full Story


Events