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Three to face murder charges in Virginia stabbing death

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Three to face murder charges in Virginia stabbing death
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

VIRGINIA - Harley Jacka was stabbed 15 times -- in the head, face, neck and chest -- before he was found dead in an apartment in Virginia last month, according to warrants filed against three men accused of carrying out the murder.

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Virginia Police Chief Dennis Benz released the warrants Friday, and they detail a bloody scene April 27.

Benz said Bartholamy Drift, 39, of Nett Lake; Anthony Isham, 42, of Nett Lake; and John Isham, 38, of Virginia, are expected to be formally charged next week in district court with felony second-degree murder. All three are in custody on unrelated charges, Benz said.

According to a police complaint, a tenant at the apartment found the body of Jacka, 28, wrapped in a blanket with knife wounds. Police found four knives at the scene.

The tenant said he had been gone for several days and that Drift had been staying at the apartment. Police talked with Drift and, according to the complaint, eventually all three men admitted to being in the apartment in the early hours of April 27. Police eventually detained each of the men.

The men each told police the other men committed the crime, the complaint states.

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