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.
The statement that the man gave to police included his admission that he had spent the night driving around the state contemplating the deadly attack on his sister. He acknowledged that he had been the one who stabbed her. The man also said that he had plans to kill more people after murdering his sister.
A subsequent psychiatric evaluation at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter determined that he possessed the competency to stand trial. A conviction could result in life in prison for him.
Convictions for violent crimes typically include prison time. That's why an alleged offender charged with serious offenses like attempted homicide or third-degree murder might develop a defense strategy with the representation of an attorney. A case evaluation might reveal the strength of the prosecutor's evidence and enable an attorney to advise the defendant about going to trial or pursuing a plea deal. An attorney could negotiate directly with a prosecutor in an attempt to gain lenient terms for the plea agreement.