UPDATE: Minnesota teen accused of killing Watertown woman booked into Codington County Detention Center
Codington Co. Sheriff

August 12, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A Minnesota teenager charged with murder in the 2019 killing of a Watertown woman was extradited to South Dakota this afternoon, and is now being held in the Codington County Detention Center.

Sheriff Brad Howell tells KWAT News 18 year-old Gage Thatcher Stevenson is being held on $500,000 cash only bond.

Police took Stevenson into custody at a Moorhead, Minnesota residence Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was then booked into the Clay County Jail pending extradition to South Dakota.

Stevenson is charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder.

He’s accused of killing 43 year-old Dawn Meyer on September 17, 2019 by swerving over the center line of Highway 212 near Menards, and intentionally crashing his westbound vehicle into Meyer’s oncoming car.

Watertown police estimate he was traveling over 100 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, and that his actions were a failed attempt to take his own life.

Stevenson was seriously injured, and was not charged until this week when a Codington County Grand Jury handed down the First Degree Murder indictment.


PHOTO: Gage Stevenson booking photo taken Thursday afternoon at the Codington County Detention Center. Photo courtesy Codington County Sheriff’s Dept.