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St. Anthony man with history of mental illness charged with murder of father, 88

Anthony man with a history of mental illness was charged with murder on Monday after his father was beaten to death in their home.

Rodney Berg Kristofferson, 47, was charged with second-degree willful manslaughter in Ramsey County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, St. Anthony police were called to a home in the 2400 block of 39th Street around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday by a relative of the two men who stayed to check on them. The relative found his father dead on the bed and his brother lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen.

When officers entered, they smelled a rotting body odor and found an 88-year-old man lying dead on a bed. Police said the man appeared to have been hit on the head and also stabbed.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner ruled his cause of death as homicide with blood loss due to blunt-force injuries to the head and multiple sharp-force injuries to the body.

In the kitchen, they found Christopherson lying face down and covered in blood. He was conscious and able to tell officers that he had stabbed himself in the chest and lay on his chest for hours hoping to keep pressure on his injuries so that he would not die, the charges say. Is.

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According to the criminal complaint, Kristofferson denied knowing where the knife he used was and denied hurting his father. Police said he claimed he did not know what had happened.

Officers also found bloodied butcher knives and a pool of blood on the floor near the laundry room and an 18-inch-long metal mallet on a bathroom counter. Additionally, they found a long knife-sharpening tool with blood splatters on the kitchen island where Kristofferson lay.

Kristofferson’s brother told police that he had stopped near the house at the request of his sister, who was in daily contact with her father, and became concerned when she could not reach him.

Brother said when he entered the house and found Kristofferson in the kitchen, Kristofferson said, “Don’t go there; Dad’s dead,” according to the criminal complaint.

The brother told the police that Christopherson had schizophrenia and had been living with his father for some time. He told police that he saw Christopherson around Thanksgiving and seemed to be doing well. He felt that his brother was taking his medicine.

He said Kristofferson had attempted suicide twice in the past, with the most recent attempt being made five years ago, the complaint said.

Kristofferson refused to speak to police and remained hospitalized.

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