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After 45 years in prison, North Dakota man convicted in double homicide, bank robbery set for release

The appalling 1976 murders of Wade and Ellen Zick of Zeeland, N.D., were detailed in Dakota Spotlight's second season. Early next year, the last of three men convicted in the case will be released from federal prison -- more than 45 years after killing the Zicks.

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David Anthony Feist was arrested in July of 1976, along with two other men, for the murders of Wade and Ellen Zick in Zeeland, ND. After 45 years in prison he is scheduled for release by February, 2022. Contributed / North Dakota Bureau of Investigation
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David Anthony Feist is the last of three assailants to be getting out of prison for the murders of Wade and Ellen Zick of Zeeland, N.D.

Feist and two other men killed the Zicks after a bank robbery on July 11, 1976. In Dakota Spotlight's second season, Zeeland: The untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick, host James Wolner shared the story of the brazen bank robbery and murders in a tiny town nestled in rural North Dakota, just north of the border with South Dakota.

Feist, now 66, is set for release on Feb. 14, 2022, from a medium security federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He has requested to be placed in a halfway house in the Fargo, N.D. area, as early as October 2021. "I figured that it would be my best chance to do good since it was of good size and there is lots of work going on there," said Feist of his desire to go to Fargo in a correspondence with Dakota Spotlight. Feist also indicated that he already has a job lined up.

David Feist was just 22 years old when he committed the crime with his 18-year-old brother Sebastian Feist and one other man, 18-year-old Gregory Huber. Huber got out of prison over 10 years ago and now lives in North Dakota. Sebastian Feist was released from a prison in Texas last year.

The trio were apprehended at the Canadian border a week after the crime and then confessed to kidnapping the Zicks from their home before forcing them to the local branch of the McIntosh County bank where they got their hands on less than $4000. After the heist, the Zicks were taken to a 'gravel pit' north-east of Zeeland and killed.

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WATCH - July 1976 - David Feist arrested

WATCH - July 2021 - Zick Memorial, Zeeland

In July of this year a new memorial monument was erected at the location where the Zicks lost their lives. About 100 people gathered to inaugurate the moment and pay their respects to Wade and Ellen Zick. Ellen Zick was born in 1912 near Berlin, N.D. and Wade near Chaffee, N.D. in 1910. To get the full story on the Zicks see: Killed in their pajamas: Listen to the story of Wade and Ellen Zick, murdered 45 years ago this weekend

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Pictured left to right, David Feist, Gregory Huber and Sebastian Feist kidnapped and murdered Wade and Ellen Zick in July of 1976 in Zeeland, N.D. / North Dakota Bureau of Investigation photo, July 19, 1976

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Pictured left to right, David Feist, Gregory Huber and Sebastian Feist kidnapped and murdered Wade and Ellen Zick in July of 1976 in Zeeland, N.D. / North Dakota Bureau of Investigation photo, July 19, 1976

James Wolner is a Digital Content Producer at Forum Communications Company, Fargo North Dakota and the creator, producer and host of Dakota Spotlight, a true crime podcast. He has lived the Upper Midwest since 2013 and studied photojournalism at California State University at Fresno. He is fluent in English and Swedish.
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