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Woman accused of killing roommate for reporting her drinking

On May 9, it was reported that a Minnesota woman was accused of murdering one of her roommates after she was allegedly reported for drinking at a sober house. The alleged murder occurred on May 6. Police were told that the woman believed that she was going to be kicked out of the program due to the report that she had been drunk.

At about 8 p.m., authorities were called to a Bloomington apartment located on the 8100 block of 12th Avenue. When they arrived, police found a 69-year-old woman on the floor of her bedroom. She reportedly had an electrical cord wrapped around her neck and multiple injuries on her face and head. Authorities found that the other roommate had called the authorities as soon as she found the woman lying on the floor.

Grand jury indicts man who confessed to killing his sister

A senior community in Minnesota was the scene of the murder on Jan. 13. Evidence, including a confession, prompted a grand jury in Crow Wing County District Court to indict a Cambridge man for the slaying on April 20.

According to the police report, the 37-year-old male defendant's sister worked at the senior community in the kitchen. She let him enter the building when he arrived for an unscheduled visit. He reportedly helped her make food for approximately 30 minutes before stabbing her to death with a knife. Panicked co-workers then called the police. The responding officer took the man into custody.

Man taken into custody on assault charge

At 2:02 a.m. on April 6, police responded to a call about a possible domestic assault in Brainerd, Minnesota. When police got to the scene of the incident, they said a man inside of the residence turned the lights off and retreated to a back room. Authorities forced their way in to the residence, and the man reportedly complied with police orders.

The 41-year-old was found with both fresh and dried blood on his body, and officers also noticed blood smeared on the walls. A woman was found in the residence who was also covered in blood. Authorities say that she had signs of a concussion and was unable to give a complete account of what happened. However, she did say that that the man choked her and threw her into a cabinet. Guns and ammunition were found in the residence, and the man allegedly had a knife on his person when police searched him.

33-year-old man accused of murdering his grandparents

In March, a Minnesota man was accused of murdering his grandparents. According to news reports, the 33-year-old Paynesville man was living with his grandparents when the alleged murder occurred.

The grandparents were reported missing on March 18. Their Toyota Prius was discovered about 20 miles west from Paynesville on Kandiyohi County road. The two bodies were discovered underneath a piece of carpeting inside the vehicle. The grandson was found a half mile away from the vehicle just a few hours later. He was subsequently taken into custody.

Man charged with killing mother despite claims of neo-Nazi gang

One Minnesota man is facing murder charges after being accused of killing his mother and then attempting to blame it on a gang of Neo-Nazis. The 25-year-old man from Milaca allegedly stabbed his mother in the family home on March 11, 2018, and then told another man that he found his mother dead in the bedroom. After the other man called the police to report the murder, the 25-year-old claimed that four or five Neo-Nazis had invaded the home and attacked his mother before running into the nearby woods. He claimed that he saw one of the men carrying a double-barreled shotgun.

When the 25-year-old man was picked up by police at the home, he had blood on his clothing. They found the body of the 59-year-old woman in the bedroom, and her death had apparently been caused by blunt force injuries as well as the stabbing. He initially claimed that these injuries were caused by the mysterious gang that he claimed had invaded the home, referring to them as Neo-Nazis.

Man faces murder charges in death of mother

A 34-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother. On Feb. 22 around 7:30 p.m., the man's mother called police to the home they shared. She said he was demanding his medication despite having already taken it and that she was worried because he sometimes became violent. However, police reported that the man did not seem upset.

The woman declined police arrangements for her to stay somewhere else that night. Law enforcement was called to the home a second time just after 8 p.m., this time by the son claiming his mother had stabbed herself. He told police the knife was in the mailbox and that he did not know why she had stabbed herself.

Penalties for Minnesota’s repeat DWI offenders

If you are facing a Minnesota driving while intoxicated charge, you may have concerns about the potential penalties and how they might impact your life moving forward. As you might imagine, the penalties associated with drinking and driving in the state tend to increase in severity if you already have a prior conviction or multiple prior convictions. Thus, it is important that you understand the consequences associated with repeat offenses.

Just what constitutes a “repeat offense?” If you are facing a new drinking and driving charge in Minnesota, know that the courts will look back on the last 10 years to determine whether you are a repeat offender. If, however, you received your last DWI conviction 11, 12 or more years ago, you will typically face the same penalties given to first-time offenders.

2 Minnesota men convicted after deadly marijuana deal

The death of a man in May 2017 has resulted in the second-degree murder conviction of a 44-year-old man. After being charged as the shooter in the homicide, the man entered a guilty plea. Another man involved in the death accepted a plea deal for aiding a criminal offender.

The shooting took place at a private residence in Fridley where a male homeowner admitted to authorities that he had allowed two men into his home to complete a transaction involving marijuana. After one man left the home, he soon returned with a third man who reportedly killed the victim with a single shot to the chest. Emergency response personnel declared him to be dead at the scene.

Minnesota man receives life sentence for murder

On Jan. 31, a 43-year-old Minnesota man was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of his wife, and on Feb. 2, a court sentenced him to life in prison with no possibility of parole. The incident happened on Nov. 13, 2016.

The man and the couple's 9-year-old son had gone out to eat, and when they got home, the man called 911 and reported that his wife had shot herself in the head. However, when law enforcement investigated, a number of elements raised suspicion. None of the woman's blood was on the gun, and it was in her non-dominant hand. Furthermore, there was blood at the scene that was cleaned prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Car crash leads to murder charge

A 25-year-old Minnesota man was charged with second-degree murder after shooting a 17-year-old man in Rochester on Jan. 14. The shooting happened after the two men had been involved in a car accident.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer arrived at the scene after being dispatched and being told by a witness that there had been a shooting. The officer saw two women near a man who was lying in the street. Two other men were also nearby. One of those men approached the officer and said that the other man had shot his friend. The alleged shooter had a Glock 19 handgun containing 15 rounds in a 17-round magazine. The police officer removed the gun from the man's pocket and took him into custody. The man who had been shot was taken to a hospital where he later died.

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