Charges: Mpls. man was in relationship with Mankato murder victim


Charges were filed Friday against a Minneapolis man accused of fatally stabbing a woman and wounding her husband in their Mankato home Thursday morning.

The Mankato Free Press reports 24-year-old Levi Spencer Minissale had been in a relationship with 20-year-old Yesenia Gonzalez as recently as February.

According to the complaint, Minissale was traveling from South Dakota when he stopped in Mankato on his way to the Twin Cities.

Minissale told investigators he was angry at the couple because Gonzalez had lied to him, but didn't elaborate any further.

Before entering the home, Minissale tucked a hunting knife into his pocket.

Gonzalez's husband, 26, who has not been identified, said Minissale was at the home when he returned from work that morning. He said Minissale and his wife went into a room to talk and he decided to go to sleep.

The court document says Gonzalez's husband woke up to Minissale attacking him. Once the husband was able to wrestle the knife away, Minissale fled.

The husband's father was also at the home during the stabbing and found Gonzalez with her throat slashed.

Police quickly tracked down Minissale at a nearby Holiday gas station after the husband called 911.

During questioning, Minissale told police that the couple got what they deserved, the complaint stated.

Minissale is charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder. He's currently in the Blue Earth County jail on $1 million bail.

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