Maple Grove man charged with killing his mother, beating father

Matthew Witt surrendered himself at the scene and remains in custody.
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A north-metro man is facing life in prison over an attack on his parents that left one dead and the other with severe injuries. 

Matthew Witt, a 42-year-old Maple Grove resident, was charged on Friday with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, a news release from the Hennepin County attorney says.

On the night of the killing, Wednesday, a 911 hang-up call brought police to the Witt family's home, where the defendant answered the door "covered in blood," the charges say.

He told the officers to take him to jail, telling them "he did it" but that his parents were alive.

Officers found his mother "not far from the door" with severe head trauma. She died at the scene despite lifesaving efforts. 

In an upstairs bedroom they found Witt's father, who had suffered facial fractures, "a head laceration that required staples" and other injuries.

The charges also say he attacked his parents "using only his fists."

Little is known of the motive yet, but according to the news release, the father told police that his son suffered from mental health problems. 

Currently in custody, Witt is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday. Prosecutors say they'll ask the judge to set bail at $1 million. 

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