Man on parole in 1990 murder charged with stabbing girlfriend

Roylee Hartfield Photo: Hennepin County
Roylee Hartfield

December 11, 2018 04:27 PM

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has announced that a Minneapolis man still on parole for a 1990 murder has been charged in connection to the repeated stabbing of his girlfriend last weekend.

A release said Roylee Hartfield, 60, was charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

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The release said police were called Sunday evening. But the woman told officers that Hartfield had jumped on her bed Saturday evening and punched her before stabbing her numerous times in the neck.

Hartfield is alleged to have stayed in the apartment throughout the night, telling the woman he would take her to the hospital the next day. He reportedly took the woman's keys to "warm up" her vehicle, but never returned to the apartment.

The release said Hartfield was arrested Monday morning and allegedly admitted to stabbing the woman, reportedly saying he intended to kill her.

He was convicted of second-degree murder in June 1990, the release states.

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