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1st-degree murder indictment sought in wife dismemberment

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

Prosecutor plans to seek first-degree murder charges against a St. Paul man accused of dismembering his wife.

The Star Tribune reported 34-year-old Steven Roger Johnson appeared in court Tuesday ready to "resolve" his case; however, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi is seeking first-degree murder charges from a grand jury.

Johnson is currently charged with second-degree murder. He's being held on $2 million bail.

Charges allege Johnson fatally shot and dismembered his 32-year-old wife, Manya Jewel Johnson, in their home Jan. 6 after she announced plans to leave him and take their son. The complaint alleges Johnson placed her remains in plastic bins and stored them in a friend's garage in White Bear Lake.

The complaint says the friend alerted police after Johnson told him what he'd done.

The boy, who was in the home at the time of the killing, was not harmed.


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