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St. Paul man accused of dismembering wife had to buy new saw

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The St. Paul man who is charged in the killing of his wife told investigators that the first saw he used to dismember her body was not cutting well, so he bought a new electrical saw, the Pioneer Press reports.

Steven Roger Johnson, 34, told investigators that he shot his wife Manya and began dismembering her body, but he then made a trip to a Menards store and bought the new saw, bleach and storage tubs, the newspaper reports.

Police found Manya Johnson's body on Jan. 7 in plastic storage bins sealed with tape and put in the garage at the White Bear Lake home of one of Steven Johnson's friends, Nathan Schram, who was a former prison cellmate. Schram had notified police that Johnson had put the bins in his garage.

Manya Johnson, 32, was a marketing operations manager at Target Corp. Johnson told police that before he shot his wife the two had an argument, during which she said she was going to leave him and take their 17-month-old son. A criminal complaint states that Johnson admitted to shooting his wife in the head and dismembering her body in the shower.

A celebration of Manya's life has been planned for 6 p.m. Saturday at Woodbury High School Auditorium, her obituary says. The obituary says that in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her son Oliver at a memorial fund established through Wells Fargo Bank.

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