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Charges: St. Paul man stabbed his mother 68 times

The woman was found in her apartment in April.
Adeyemi Dean Jr.

A 26-year-old St. Paul man is in custody and facing a 2nd-degree murder charge in connection to the brutal stabbing death of his mother. 

According to a criminal complaint, a witness, identified as the mother of Adeyemi Dean Jr.'s recently born child, told investigators that Dean suddenly "lost it" on April 19, attacking her daughter by violently twisting her head. 

The woman intervened and told police that Dean Jr. then grabbed a knife from a kitchen drawer and held it to her throat before leaving. 

A week later, on April 26, police were called to do a welfare check on Dean's mother, Gabrielle Dearing, who lived in an apartment in North St. Paul. Upon arrival, officers could see a dark stain and a pair of scissors on a bed. 

A landlord let the officers inside, where they discovered Dearing dead next to the bed, her body covered by a comforter. 

She had been stabbed 68 times in the head, neck, chest, abdomen, back, arms, hands and leg. An investigation determined that Dearing had been killed sometime between the night of April 21 and the morning of April 22. 

Police later learned that Dean had been living with his mother, which led to Dean's arrest and the discovery of his mother's credit card in his possession. 

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Dean was originally booked into Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center for probable cause homicide but released without charges

North St. Paul Police Department didn't provide a reason why at the time, but the ongoing investigation later led Dean being spotted on surveillance video using his mother's credit card to make a purchase at a St. Paul Walgreens, followed by investigators matching Dean's palm print to blood inside his mother's apartment. 

Dean faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. 

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