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Charges: Son punched, stabbed and bit mother during fatal assault

The victim is a Big Lake City Council member.
Rose Johnson

Rose Johnson

The man accused of killing his mother, a Big Lake City Council member, has been charged with her murder.

Eric Jordahl, 20, of Big Lake, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection to the death of his mother, 62-year-old Rosalie Johnson. 

The city's website says Johnson was appointed to the City Council in 2019 to fill a vacancy. Her seat was up for election this November. KARE 11 spoke with Paul Knier, a fellow Big Lake council member, who said of Johnson: "She was a great person who cared about the community of Big Lake and stood up for her beliefs, and always came prepared."

Warning: This story contains upsetting details.

According to the criminal complaint, Jordahl's father called police just after 9 a.m. on July 23, saying when he got home from work his son told him that he'd killed his mother. 

Officers responded to the home on Golf Street in Big Lake, where they found Jordahl covered in blood and saw a butcher knife and human tissue on the kitchen table, the complaint said. In the basement bedroom, they found Johnson's body, which had "obvious facial trauma." 

After waiving his rights, Jordahl admitted he went into his mom's bedroom during the night and she told him to go back to sleep.

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He then punched her repeatedly, went upstairs to get the knife and stabbed her multiple times and bit her, the complaint said.

The medical examiner determined Johnson suffered sharp and blunt force trauma to her head and body. 

If convicted, Jordahl could face up to 40 years in prison for each count of second-degree murder.

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