UPDATE: Minnesota teenager charged with killing Watertown woman seeking psychiatric evaluation

Codington Co. Sheriff

September 15, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–An attorney for the Moorhead, Minnesota teenager charged with murdering a Watertown woman two years ago may be working toward mounting a possible mental illness defense for his client.

At a status hearing today for 18 year-old Gage Stevenson, his lawyer requested a psychiatric evaluation for Stevenson to be paid for by Codington County.

At an earlier hearing, attorney Tom Sannes questioned Stevenson’s competency to, “fully understand the charges against him,” and that he needed more time to obtain Stevenson’s medical records before determining, “how to proceed.”

Stevenson is alleged to have been driving a vehicle at a high rate of speed on Highway 212 in Watertown around 5:00 a.m. on September 17, 2019, intentionally swerving into the path of an oncoming car driven by 43 year-old Dawn Meyer, who was on her way to work.

Police said it was a failed attempt by Stevenson to take his own life. 

Meyer was killed in the crash.

Stevenson is charged via a Grand Jury indictment with First Degree Felony Murder, and is being held in the Codington County Detention Center.