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Man, 23, charged in brutal murder of young St. Paul woman

A 23-year-old St. Paul man is facing a second-degree murder charge.
Terrion Sherman

A 23-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder after a 21-year-old woman was found dead at what police called a "disturbing scene" inside a St. Paul apartment.  

According to a criminal complaint, the deadly assault happened just after midnight Feb. 26 at an apartment located on the 300 block of Pierce Street. 

Prior to entering the apartment, officers heading up the stairs heard a child crying and a man stomping and yelling "Stay down or I will kill you." Police announced their presence several times and out of concern for the child's safety they breached the door and found Terrion L. Sherman, of St. Paul, covered in blood. 

On the floor of the apartment was a 21-year-old woman covered in blood with significant facial injuries and she did not appear to be breathing. Next to her body was a knife, along with the child – a 2-year-old boy who had blood on his face, torso, pants and shoes. 

The victim, identified as Abigail Simpson, died at the scene of multiple traumatic injuries due to assault, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Sherman was arrested without incident, but once inside a squad car and en route to the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, he kicked out a window and said he had been using drugs. He was then transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital for an evaluation. 

At the hospital, police documented Sherman making comments about "hitting the dog" and "punching her head off." After being cleared at the hospital, Sherman later said he remembered assaulting the victim out of self-defense, but blacked out and didn't remember stabbing her. 

He remains in custody at the Ramsey County Jail where he's facing up to 40 years in prison if convicted. 

If you're experiencing domestic violence, you can find a list of local resources and services here. You can also call the Minnesota Day One Crisis hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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