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Man arrested in bar fight killed his mother, police believe

The 34-year-old man is in custody with charges pending.

Police in central Minnesota believe that a man who was arrested in a bar fight this week also killed his mother. 

According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, 34-year-old Thomas Wayne Matthews was arrested after attacking and assaulting several people inside and outside Big Winnie Bar in Bena just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. 

Matthews, who lives in Bena, was then arrested in connection with the death of his mother, who body was found inside her home at 6:21 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Officer identified the victim as Joy Marie Matthews, 54, of Bena, with her cause of death being homicide due to multiple stab wounds. 

Her son is currently in custody at the Cass County Jail with charges pending. 

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An investigation in the homicide is ongoing with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. 

BMTN doesn't usually name people who have been arrested until they're charged. However in this case, since the victim has been identified and the suspect is her son, we felt it necessary to identify him to avoid any case of mistaken identity.

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