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Charges: Woodbury man killed wife while 6 kids were in the house, then he fled Minnesota

The 39-year-old was arrested while fleeing on a Greyhound bus to Chicago.
McKinley Phillips

A 39-year-old Woodbury man is accused of killing his wife and leaving her body inside the house while her children were upstairs.

According to charging documents filed Monday, McKinley Phillips admitted to beating and stabbing his wife to death in the basement of their home on the 7500 block of Steepleview Road in Woodbury on the morning of June 25, doing so while the woman's six children were upstairs watching a movie. 

Phillips was arrested June 26 after investigators located him traveling from Minneapolis to Chicago on a Greyhound bus. He was apprehended about halfway to Chicago, in Monroe County, Wisconsin. 

The criminal complaint says Phillips admitted to killing his wife because he thought she was cheating on him with an old boyfriend. Phillips said he punched her multiple times in the face and then stabbed her "a lot" of times in the back with a pocket knife, the charges state. 

He said the children, ranging in age from 5 to 15, were unaware of the incident. He then went upstairs, told his son goodbye and that he would never see him again, according to the criminal complaint. 

Phillips drove to the Sun Ray shopping center in St. Paul, where he abandoned his vehicle and boarded a bus to Minneapolis before departing on the Greyhound for Chicago. 

When Phillips was arrested, he was wearing clothing that was "covered in what appeared to be blood splatter," and he had cuts and bruising on his hands, according to investigators.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner said the 42-year-old victim died from multiple sharp force injuries to her chest, back and neck, and blunt force trauma to her brain.

Woodbury police had been called the house three times in the past two months for domestic-related concerns, according to the complaint. Police noted that Phillips "appeared to be intoxicated and was hostile to the officers" during the previous incidents. 

Phillips was formally charged June 28 in Washington County District Court with second-degree intentional murder. A warrant has been issued to extradite him from Wisconsin to Minnesota. 

If you or anyone you know is 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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