Brooklyn Park Man Indicted on Multiple Charges in Death of Eagan Woman, Unborn Child

Photo: Eagan Police Department

February 24, 2017 08:52 PM

A Dakota County grand jury has indicted an Eagan man on charges of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder, the county attorney's office said Friday.

Vern Jason Mouelle, 23, is facing murder charges in the death of 25-year-old Senicha Marie Lessman, of Eagan, and her unborn child on Jan. 24.


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An investigation into the incident showed Lessman's mother discovered her daughter that day in her Eagan bedroom naked, unresponsive and unconscious, with a bloody cloth stuffed into her mouth. Responding officers found what appeared to be a knife wound to Lessman's neck.

The attorney's office said attempts to revive Lessman were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Lessman had been 32 weeks pregnant, and her unborn child also died.

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Lessman's mother identified Mouelle as the unborn child's father, the investigation showed.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Friday: "These charges reflect allegations that this was a premeditated and intentional domestic-related homicide which tragically claimed the life of Senicha Lessman and her unborn child. Our deep sympathy is extended to the victim's family and friends."

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