Charges: St. Paul Man Fatally Stabbed Ex-girlfriend at East Side Apt. During Argument

Updated: 05/12/2014 5:48 PM
Created: 05/12/2014 5:07 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A St. Paul man is facing charges for the death of a woman who was found inside of an apartment on the city’s East Side on Sunday.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County, 54-year-old Willie Chestnut allegedly stabbed the woman, who his ex-girlfriend, during an argument at the apartment located on the 1400 block of Minnehaha Ave. He is facing charges of two counts of second-degree murder.

The woman has been identified as 46-year-old Towanda Harris of St. Paul.

Police found blood on the ground and in the living room of the apartment. A trail of blood went into the bedroom where they found Harris. She was pronounced dead.

She had a stab wound to her left front shoulder area, hitting an artery causing her death, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office.

The criminal complaint states Chestnut was visiting and drinking at Harris’ apartment when the two argued about the past. They both grabbed knives and Chestnut then stabbed Harris in the shoulder in a downward stabbing motion, the complaint states.

Harris’ husband, Chestnut’s girlfriend, his 5-year-old son, and Harris’ 10-year-old niece were also at the apartment during the stabbing. They all left the apartment after the stabbing.

Police found a knife outside and a knife in the kitchen sink with blood on it, the complaint states.

Chestnut was arrested at a bus stop a couple of blocks away from the apartment. He was with is 5-year-old son and girlfriend.

The witnesses at the apartment said Harris and Chestnut were arguing and fighting. Chestnut told investigators he dated Harris in 2003. He initially denied being at the apartment on Sunday, according to court documents.

Chestnut eventually admitted to being at the apartment and said Harris was pretty drunk and she had a knife. He said he picked up the knife because he “was in fear for myself,” according to the complaint. He told police he threw the knife down.

The complaint states when Chestnut was told Harris was dead and he was arrested for murder he said his “life is gone.”

Chestnut is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Willie Chestnut, 54, accused of fatally stabbing ex-girlfriend during arguement, according to the criminal complaint.
Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office

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