Man charged in connection to Phillips neighborhood homicide

Larry Joe Foster Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Larry Joe Foster

Updated: September 13, 2019 04:39 PM

A Burnsville man has been charged in connection to a homicide that occurred in the Phillips neighborhood over Labor Day weekend, according to court records. 

A criminal complaint states 66-year-old Larry Joe Foster faces one count of second-degree murder. 


The complaint says firefighters were called to a residence on the 2600 block of 13th Avenue on the report of a fire. When firefighters entered the home, they found a deceased man. The man was later identified as 60-year-old Daniel Martin Bradley.

When the fire was extinguished, it was determined the fire had nothing to do with the man's death. When police observed the body, they saw multiple lacerations, stab wounds and a piece of metal sticking out of his chest. 

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Officers located a large amount of additional blood evidence and a blood trail. Along the trail, officers found "several instruments consistent with causing the injuries to the victim." In the backyard of the victim's home, officers located a large butcher knife with blood on it. 

Because of the smears and trail of blood at the scene, officers believed that a single suspect was injured during the incident. 

When an autopsy was performed on the victim, the medical examiner discovered over 100 blunt-force or sharp-force injuries on the victim's body. It was also learned the metal object in the victim's chest was a crochet hook, according to the complaint. 

Authorities were able to identify Foster after they used blood found at the scene to create a DNA profile that matched his DNA, according to the complaint. 

Authorities were able to locate Foster on Sept. 11 after a woman told police he was at a treatment facility in St. Paul. Foster was taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing, according to the complaint.

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