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Iron Range man charged with murder after roommate's body found near mine pit

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A northern Minnesota man is now charged with second-degree murder after the discovery of his roommate's beaten, burned body near Mountain Iron last week.

Jaysen Greenwood's body was discovered in a ditch in the Mott Pit area Thursday, along the property line of a former mine pit, and authorities immediately suspected homicide.

Charges filed against 19-year-old Dylan Gilbertson say Greenwood's body was found severely beaten with multiple stab wounds. The body was then wrapped in cloth and plastic, dropped in the ditch near the former mine, and set on fire.

You can read the full criminal complaint here.

According to the charges, a search warrant for Gilbertson and Greenwood's Hibbing apartment turned up a pair of bloody boots in a bloody plastic bag, and signs of numerous blood stains. Gilbertson told police he last saw Greenwood late on May 18, and said the blood came from a flare gun injury Greenwood had suffered the day before, the complaint says.

He was arrested Saturday, and on Tuesday charged with second-degree murder, which carries a prison sentence of up to 40 years if convicted. He'll be in court again June 6, according to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.

Vigil held for Greenwood

Greenwood's family and friends gathered at Bennett Park in Hibbing Monday to remember the 20-year-old.

People released balloons, handed out orange and green ribbons (his favorite colors), and left flowers and notes in his honor.

FOX 21 says Greenwood was described as kind and "always in a good mood," while family members told the Hibbing Daily Tribune they're in shock.

Details from the charges

(Editor's note: Some of the details could be considered disturbing.)

According to the criminal complaint:

Greenwood's body had multiple stab wounds, and an X-ray later found a broken knife blade in his chest. He had serious physical injuries to his head and face,and his mouth so badly damaged authorities expected to find teeth or fragments of them at the site of the body.

The remains were then wrapped in blankets or towels and plastic, and the body had been burned after being dropped in the ditch.

Authorities executed a search warrant at Gilbertson and Greenwood's Hibbing apartment and found blood stains all over, bloody boots (which roommates said were Gilbertson's), and some recently cleaned areas.

He told police Greenwood had hurt his hand with a flare gun on May 17, and that they returned to the apartment to clean it up – but blood ended up "all over." He also said his other roommates helped clean it up.

The other roommates told police Greenwood was indeed injured by a flare gun – but it was relatively minor with no blood, and fixed with ice packs. They also said they didn't help clean up any blood stains.

Gilbertson said he last saw Greenwood late on Wednesday, May 18.

A juvenile roommate of Gilbertson told police the 20-year-old had been mad at Greenwood over stolen property, and said he wanted to stab him to death.

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