The sound of gunshots coming from an apartment in Maple Grove on March 5 led to a 911 call that brought officers to the scene where a man was dead from numerous gunshot wounds to his back, side and back of his head.
Stephanie L. Clark, 29, of Maple Grove, is charged with second-degree murder for shooting her boyfriend dead inside her apartment on the 6200 block of Magda Drive.
A resident of a nearby apartment reported hearing the gunshots, then a few minutes later opening her door to Clark, who was crying and with her 5-year-old son, according to a criminal complaint. Clark is quoted as telling her neighbor "he's dead," adding that she "shot him because he hit me."
Clark was interviewed by police and said her boyfriend assaulted her, punching her in the stomach and back, because she talked to another man at a store.
After the alleged assault, Clark left the apartment to pick up her son. When they returned home the argument resumed, with the criminal complaint stating that Clark followed her boyfriend into the bedroom while holding a .22 caliber revolver.
As her boyfriend turned around in the bedroom, Clark is accused of shooting him in the chest. Clark told police that she thought 7-8 bullets struck him in the chest. That revolver ran out of bullets, so Clark grabbed another revolver and shot him in the head, the complaint says.
Clark told investigators that she shot in the head because she "wanted him to stop talking." She then shot him in the head once or twice more.
Clark's 5-year-old son was in the kitchen when the homicide took place.
Five guns were found inside the apartment: two revolvers on the couch in the living room, one revolver on the bed in the master bedroom and two revolvers on a nightstand in the same room.
The victim has been identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office as Don'Juan T. Butler, 30, of Maple Grove.