Homicide investigator nominated for America’s Most Wanted All-Star Award

America’s Most Wanted ( AMW) has selected Minneapolis Police Department Homicide Unit investigator Sergeant Darcy Klund as an All-Star Award nominee.

Sgt. Klund joins another Minneapolis nominee - Minneapolis Firefighter Jacob LaFerriere – in the running for the America’s Most Wanted All-Star 2011 Award. The award honors first responders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect the public and allows the general public to vote for the first responder they deem most worthy of the award.

Klund has been with the Minneapolis Police Department since 1987. He has worked as an officer on street patrol and in the Narcotics Unit, where in 1991 he was stabbed in the line of duty during an undercover drug buy. In 1995 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and worked as a patrol supervisor in the Third Precinct, a supervisor in the Third Precinct Community Response Team and the Narcotics Unit. Later he worked as an investigator in the Juvenile Unit.

He joined the Homicide Unit in 1991 and has worked as an investigator for the past 10 years. He has worked a number of high profile cases including the 2002 death of 12 year-old Tyesha Edwards, who was killed in gang crossfire.

AMW selected Klund for the All-Star Award as a result of his cold case investigations including his work to solve the 1990 stabbing of 11 year-old Marcus Potts in 2006, and his persistence in the 2003 shooting death of Marcus Dortch (the shooter was convicted of this crime in 2010). One cold case that Sergeant Klund continues to doggedly pursue is the 1990 death of 12 year-old Deltrece Benson who was murdered in her home in NE Minneapolis.

America’s Most Wanted All Stars are nominated by members of the community. Folks can vote for Sgt. Klund through the end of this weekend at AMW | All-Star 2011 Nominee | Darcy Klund.

As one of the contest’s weekly finalists, Minneapolis Firefighter Jacob LaFerriere has moved on to the next stage of the award process and is eligible for the grand prize. Still recovering from the injuries he sustained during a back draft (smoke explosion) in a house fire on July 3, 2010, LaFerriere is among hundreds of first responders who were nominated for this award, which is offered by the television show, America’s Most Wanted.

Voting for the grand prize winner begins at 12 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on April 21 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on May 8. During that time period, folks can vote as much as once a day by visiting www.amw.com/allstar. People can also vote by sending a text message from a Sprint cell phone. (For more information on the rules, visit America's Most Wanted All-Stars.)

The All-Star winner receives $10,000 and an All-Star weekend at the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series All-Star Race.

Published Apr. 6, 2011