Stanley, N.D., Dec 14(UP)—Alice Holst, 17, is scheduled to be arraigned here today on a charge of shooting to death William Nafus, 23, in the Roy Hands pol {sic} hall at Sanish yesterday.

A coroner's jury held that Nafus was murdered and requested the girl be arrested. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Miss Holst, who is said not to be very strong physically, and to have been subject to fits, fainted after the shooting and did not regain consciousness for an hour. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Holst, who live on a farm near Sanish, fear the reaction may prove fatal to the girl.

Alice was employed in the lunch room in connection with the pool hall. According to the story told at the inquest she secured a .38 calibre revolver, went to the pool room and asked for Nafus. When he answered she shot him through the heart. The boy died instantly.

Nafus is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nafus of Van Hook.

Nafus was talking with friends and when Miss Holst entered and called him over to her. When he saw the revolver he backed away and shouted: "For God's sake don't do that." A few moments later the shot was fired and Nafus fell to the floor with a .38 bullet in his body. The girls raised the gun again as if there was something else she was going to do, then flung it from her. It slid across the floor and came to rest beneath a radiator on the far side of the room.

Miss Holst then turned to leave the room, but fainted and fell to the floor. According to word received here, the sheriff and his prisoner are delayed in their arrival here by the snow blocked roads. Alice will be arraigned upon her arrival before Justice of Peace George W Wilson. Since she was taken into custody her mother, Mrs. Gust Holst, has been with her.

Moorhead Daily News, 12/14/1926

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