Charges: Stillwater Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing Father has Schizophrenia

A previous 2012 booking photo of 31-year-old William James Scheel of Stillwater Photo: Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office
A previous 2012 booking photo of 31-year-old William James Scheel of Stillwater

July 20, 2016 10:49 AM

A Stillwater man who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia is accused of stabbing his father to death.

The incident was reported at 3:38 p.m. Friday on the 400 block of Mulberry Street in Stillwater.


Officers learned that 31-year-old William James Scheel of Stillwater, who has schizophrenia, was living in a group home and was under civil commitment. Relatives say Scheel had been ordered to receive his medication via injections, but he was recently allowed to administer his own medication, which made his family concerned because they say he has a history of not taking them.

Relatives say Scheel had threatened to kill his father in the past, saying his father was involved in black magic and needed to die, according to the criminal complaint.

On the day of the stabbing, witnesses say Scheel came up behind his father with a knife and stabbed him in the back of the neck. The victim’s daughter said she grabbed another knife and stabbed Scheel in an attempt to save her father; she then called 911.

In an interview with police, Scheel’s girlfriend said Scheel had not been taking his medicine the past few months and was becoming psychotic. Scheel admitted to police that he tried to kill his father, according to the criminal complaint.

The father was identified as 59-year-old William Mark Scheel. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner says he died at Regions Hospital from bleeding to death, and the death was ruled a homicide.

William James Scheel has been charged with second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.


Jennie Lissarrague

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