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Charges: Alleged Minnesota killer used piece of lumber as weapon

The 21-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder.
Scott Alan Schulman

A northern Minnesota man is facing a second-degree murder charge after he admitted to killing another man with a piece of lumber. 

According to charging documents filed in Beltrami County District Court, 21-year-old Scott A. Schulman, of Cass Lake, struck a man with a 2x4 multiple times in the head, in addition to punching the man in the head, during the early morning hours of May 21. 

A criminal complaint states that deputies were called to a residence on the 1000 block of Durand Dr. NW in Puposky – about 10 miles north of Bemidji – on a report of Schulman assaulting a victim with the piece of wood. 

Three deputies arrived at the residence to find Schulman outside, holding a piece of lumber. The deputies ordered him to drop the lumber but Schulman took off running in the direction of a wooded area, only to trip on barbed wire. He was then cuffed and taken into custody. 

Deputies then entered the residence and were directed to an attached garage, where they found the victim with a pool of blood around his head, the criminal complaint says. Blood was also found on the piece of lumber Schulman was seen holding.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A medical examiner ruled that the victim died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Later during the day of the crime, Schulman admitted to having drank vodka. He also stated that a "bad spirit had gotten to him," the complaint says adding that he felt threatened by the victim. 

Schulman said he was attempting to flee the scene when law enforcement arrived. 

In addition to the murder charge, Schulman has also been charged with fourth-degree assault of a peace officer for allegedly kicking a deputy during the incident. 

In 2020, Schulman was convicted of a series of crimes, including third-degree assault, theft and fleeing a peace officer. He was convicted of a burglary charge in 2019. 

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