Dispute over Yahtzee game may be motive for mother's murder

6:35 AM, Jul 14, 2011   |    comments
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ALBERTA, Minn. -- A third son has been charged in connection with the death of a woman whose buried remains were unearthed in the backyard of her home in western Minnesota.

And the motive for the crime... could be a holiday dispute over a game of Yahtzee.

Twenty-five-year-old Dylan Clemens is charged in Stevens County with accessory after the fact to murder in the death of Tamara Lee Mason. Her decomposed remains were found Thursday buried at her home in Alberta.

Prosecutors say 17-year-old Jacob Seth Cobb strangled the woman on her living room floor last December. Then, he or Clemens' half-brother, 18-year-old Andrew Cobb, put a plastic bag over her head and tightened a belt around her neck.

Jacob Seth Cobb was charged Monday with second degree intentional murder.

A criminal complaint says Clemens drove Mason's body to South Dakota, then east to Glenwood, Minn., before storing it in a garbage can in a shed on her property until the ground thawed.

Investigators say Clemens told them that Mason wanted to play Yahtzee with her three sons after they all returned home from Christmas dinner at a friend's. When the boys refused she got mad, grabbed a few things and stormed out of the house.

"It is very strange," Stevens County Sheriff Randy Willis told the Star Tribune Tuesday. "She wanted to play Yahtzee and they didn't. That seemed to be, in their minds, what expedited her sudden demise."

Of the family, Willis said, "It's probably not the most functional family in the world, but it's not the most dysfunctional, either."

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