Report lists new details about Williston homicide

WILLISTON, N.D. – The victim of a Williston homicide was shot in the face at a mobile home and his body was found at a coulee east of town, according to details in a death report released Monday.

Juan L. Palacios, 51, died from a gunshot wound to the face after he was shot by an assailant with a 9 mm handgun, according to a report by the North Dakota Forensic Medical Examiner’s Office.

The shooting occurred at 2600 University Ave., Lot 57, in Williston, the report said. That is the address for a mobile home in the Elm Estates Trailer Park.

A missing person poster seeking information about Palacios said his last known location was Elm Estates.

Palacios was pronounced dead on Jan. 28 and the report lists a coulee 19 miles east of Williston on Highway 1804 as the location.

Last week, Williams County prosecutors charged Tovias Cerna Carrillo, 48, with murder in connection with the death. Charges were filed after police located Palacios’ body and a mattress that authorities had been seeking as part of the investigation.

Court records say police believe Carrillo killed Palacios on Jan. 18 or 19.

Carrillo also is charged with two counts of felony terrorizing for separate incidents. He is being held in the Williams County Jail in lieu of $2 million bond. His next court appearance is Feb. 21.

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