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Updated: 06/08/2013 5:41 PM
Created: 06/07/2013 10:35 AM | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

Mpls Man Charged in Homicide, Assault in Mankato

Levi Minissale, 24, of Minneapolis

Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office

A Minneapolis man has been charged in the killing of a woman he dated and the stabbing of her husband Thursday in Mankato.

Levi Spencer Minissale, 24, was charged in Blue Earth County District Court with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Both charges are felonies.

A criminal complaint charging Minissale is available here.

Minissale visited the couple Thursday, June 6 at their home in Mankato, according to the complaint. Minissale and the 20-year-old woman, who is identified by initials Y.G. in the complaint, had met in February in Minneapolis. In May, their relationship reportedly ended.

The woman's 26-year-old husband, identified by initials G.R. in the complaint, returned from work early Thursday and found Minissale visiting the woman at the home, he told police. The man went to sleep in a bedroom and awoke to a scream at about 10:30 a.m.

Shortly after, the door opened and Minissale attacked him, hitting the side of his neck, the complaint said. The man realized he was being stabbed and struggled to get away from Minissale, he told police. Minissale then ran out of the room.

The man's father, who lived with the couple, told police that he was downstairs sleeping when the woman woke him up. She was unable to speak and had her hand to her throat, the complaint said. She was bleeding.

Police found the woman dead, lying in the kitchen, with several cuts to her throat, the complaint said. Her husband had several cuts to his body.

Officers later found Minissale at a Holiday gas station on North Riverfront Drive in Mankato. An employee told police that the man, later identified as Minissale, had been in the bathroom for a long time with the water running.

When police arrested Minissale, he had cuts to his fingers, according to the charges. He was transported to a hospital where his injuries were treated. He later was sent to jail.

Minissale told police that he had a hunting-style knife in his vehicle, the complaint said. Minissale said he had visited an ex-girlfriend Wednesday, June 5, in Sioux Falls, SD. The next day, he decided to drive to Mankato to see the woman.

He was angry with "them," Minissale told police, referring to the woman and her husband. Minissale said the woman had been lying to him. While driving to the couple's house, Minissale said he thought about hurting "them."

He said "in a way" the woman got what she deserved, the complaint said. He said her husband "in a way, yes and in a way, no" got what he deserved.

The Blue Earth, Nicollet and LeSueur counties sheriff's offices, as well as the Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted in the investigation.

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