The suspect in a grisly Dixon home invasion and murder was found outside the residence with a bloody hunting knife and a bloody rifle that had broken as he repeatedly beat one victim “because he would not die.”
Court documents released Monday revealed the horrible details of a random, drug-fueled rampage that allegedly led Nathan Lee William Calvert to enter Doug and Cheryl Morigeau’s home outside Dixon on the night of Dec. 6.
Doug Morigeau was killed in the brutal and unprovoked attack. His wife was severely injured after Calvert cut her throat, according to the affidavit filed by Sanders County Attorney Robert Zimmerman.
Calvert, a violent offender from Missoula, remained in custody Monday at the Sanders County jail in Thompson Falls on $1 million bail. Prosecutors have transferred the case to Sanders County District Court, and Calvert has been appointed a public defender.
Calvert is charged with deliberate homicide, attempted deliberate homicide, aggravated burglary and robbery in connection with the incident, which according to Zimmerman’s affidavit began after Calvert left his sister-in-law’s home near Dixon, having smoked synthetic marijuana – or “spice” – that he rolled in pages from a Bible for “one and a half or two weeks almost constantly.”
Doug Morigeau, a former boxer, was stabbed at least 54 times as he attempted to fight off Calvert in the living room of the Morigeau home, court documents said.
Both revered staff members at Two Eagle River School in Pablo, Doug and Cheryl had finished dinner and were watching TV when Calvert “came barreling into the residence.” Calvert immediately started fighting Doug, court documents said.
Cheryl told authorities she first thought Calvert was punching Doug.
“Cheryl was asking what the intruder wanted and at that point he got off Doug and came after her,” the affidavit said. “At that point, she believes she saw that the intruder had a knife.”
As Cheryl turned to flee, Calvert allegedly grabbed her from behind.
“She thought he was going to choke her,” the document said. “In fact, the intruder cut her throat.”
Doug Morigeau then got up and grabbed Calvert. Cheryl, who had other cuts on her hands, fell as she turned.
“One arm would not work,” the affidavit said, and it was later determined the neck injury damaged nerves that control that arm.
Cheryl Morigeau did manage to escape to the back door, as her husband continued to fight back – trying to push the intruder out the front door. She described Calvert’s eyes as “cold and evil,” the court documents said.
The fight continued until “it got quiet in the house and (Cheryl) looked in and could only see the upper body and head portion of the intruder on the other side of the couch where Doug was located.”
She “realized the intruder might come after her, so she took off across the yard and down their driveway, across Highway 212” to her brother-in-law’s residence.”
The call for help went out, and officers found Calvert with the hunting knife and broken rifle in a field near the Morigeaus’ home.
Calvert told investigators he did not go to the house for money, but he was found with $480 in cash and a check he admitted taking from the Morigeaus’ counter.
Cheryl Morigeau was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries. She returned home last week. A memorial service for Doug Morigeau was held Friday in St. Ignatius.
Later, Calvert said he had been hearing voices and hallucinating while smoking “spice.” He told investigators he did not know why he killed “that guy (Doug Morigeau).”
“When asked how many times he stabbed Doug Morigeau, Calvert said that Morigeau would not die and he kept stabbing him in the neck, stomach and all over,” the affidavit said. “When asked about the rifle, he said it broke when he was hitting Doug Morigeau with it because he would not die.”
Calvert said he could not remember if there was a woman at the house, but admitted he “stabbed her in the neck” after authorities showed him a picture of Cheryl.
The court documents also revealed Calvert stabbed a third person on Dec. 6.
Gordon Northpiegan was identified in court documents as as the boyfriend or husband of Calvert’s sister-in-law. He allegedly went from “house to house” with Calvert to try to find cigarettes.
“At some point, Calvert said he became convinced Northpiegan was going to kill him, so he stabbed (Northpiegan) in the back,” court documents said.
Calvert then walked off alone.
When questioned by officers, Northpiegan first denied being stabbed, but later was treated for a stab wound at the hospital in Polson. He then told Polson police Calvert had stabbed him, court documents said.
Sanders County Undersheriff Lanny Hensley said Monday the department is still investigating the case.
The crime scene was released last Monday after Sanders County officials, with the help of the Division of Criminal Investigation in the Montana Department of Justice, finished the investigation there.
Now, “we’re still putting everything together,” Hensley said.
No date has been set for Calvert’s District Court preliminary hearing.
The felony deliberate homicide charge is punishable by death, by life imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison for no less than 10 years, court documents said.
Reporter Jenna Cederberg can be reached at 523-5241 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.