Police: Slaying suspect had spent shells

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 23, 2008 - 11:03 PM

Christopher Ledesma, 29, had an on-again, off-again relationship with Heather Dahm, 19, who was found shot to death in his car in Hudson, Wis., on Saturday.

Shooting suspect Christopher S. Ledesma had three spent bullet casings in his front pocket and another in a silver .38 caliber revolver when police arrested him Saturday night after a disturbance in Woodbury, according to a felony complaint filed in Washington County.

Police also found a live round in Ledesma's rear pocket, the complaint said. Ledesma can't legally possess a firearm, because he spent four years in prison in Wisconsin for reckless injury, a felony. The Washington County complaint charges him with one felony count of possession of a weapon by an ineligible person, and two felony counts of terroristic threats.

Ledesma, 29, is being held in the Washington County Jail pending an expected felony charge of murder in connection with the death of 19-year-old Kelly Lynne Dahm of Maplewood. Her bullet-riddled body was found Saturday night in a car parked at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson, Wis. The black sedan was registered to Ledesma.

Information obtained after Ledesma's arrest led police to Dahm's body a few hours later, said Marty Jensen, Hudson's police chief. Dahm was found in the front passenger seat, slumped over the center console, and her body wasn't visible from outside the car, he said.

Police said that Dahm and Ledesma had an "on-again, off-again" relationship and at one point had lived together.

According to the complaint, several Woodbury police officers arriving at a house on Meadow Lane about 8:05 p.m. Saturday found a man in a black T-shirt behaving strangely in the driveway. "The man was doing something with his hands, and then he bent over and Officer Melander could hear a clunk from something hard hitting the ground," the complaint said. The revolver was found on the ground near Ledesma when he was arrested, the complaint said.

Ledesma had tried to enter his parents' house but his brother stopped him, the complaint said. The brother had seen the gun and called police, then sent his wife into the basement of the house until police arrived, it said.

Ledesma pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree reckless injury -- causing great bodily harm to another person without regard for life -- in St. Croix County in October 1996.

The police investigation of the Dahm's shooting death should be completed this week, Jensen, the police chief, said Tuesday.

Services for Dahm will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road, Woodbury. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday, beginning one hour before the service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women in St. Paul.

Kevin Giles • 651-298-1554

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