The Minnesota man charged with fatally stabbing a fisherman along the St. Croix River after a verbal dispute is charged with violating the terms of his bond by tweeting about the victim.
On May 7, Levi Acre-Kendall, 19, of Cambridge, allegedly wrote on Twitter, “If you are praying for me, please keep the Kelly family in mind as well, I never intended for this to happen and I wish it never did,” according to charges filed Thursday in Polk County Circuit Court in Balsam Lake, Wis.
Acre-Kendall had bonded out of jail earlier that day on a first-degree reckless homicide charge in the death of Peter S. Kelly. Authorities say they believe that Acre-Kendall stabbed Kelly, 34, in the chest on April 14 after he and two friends started arguing with Kelly and his friend while fishing on opposite shores of the St. Croix River in Interstate Park.
Conditions of Acre-Kendall’s bond imposed by Judge Molly GaleWyrick included no direct or indirect contact with the two friends who were with him the night of the stabbing, including through social media.
Acre-Kendall’s tweet was seen by both young men, the charges said. He is charged with two counts of felony bail jumping.
Authorities became aware of the tweet when a member of Kelly’s family alerted them on May 11. The family member identified the May 7 tweet and a May 8 tweet as particularly upsetting, the charges said.
In a May 8 tweet, Acre-Kendall allegedly said, “Going to Chipotle to gain back 15 pounds I lost.” He tweeted 18 times on May 7 and 14 times on May 8, and would have known that his two friends would see the posts, according to the complaint.
Acre-Kendall also changed his Twitter profile picture to a photo of himself and his two friends when they were children, authorities allege.
Acre-Kendall’s two friends told authorities that they saw the May 7 tweet about the Kelly family. They also said that he later blocked them on Twitter about May 9 or 10.
On May 11, a sheriff’s investigator followed Acre-Kendall on Twitter and was blocked within an hour.
Acre-Kendall was booked into the Isanti County jail on Thursday.
Kelly, who lived in St. Croix Falls, Wis., and his friend were fishing on the Minnesota side of the river when they became embroiled in an hourslong feud with Acre-Kendall and his friends, who were fishing on the Wisconsin side.
Kelly’s friend told authorities that Acre-Kendall’s group grew loud and began swearing, prompting him and Kelly to tell them to show respect. At one point, someone in Acre-Kendall’s group beckoned the older men to drive over. Kelly and his friend obliged, and Kelly was stabbed about 9:45 p.m.
Acre-Kendall’s two friends told authorities that Kelly was stabbed when he tried to pull Acre-Kendall out of a car. Acre-Kendall’s attorney, Eric Nelson, has argued that his client acted in self-defense.