Plant nursery employee stabbed to death in Newport, Minn. - KMSP-TV

Plant nursery employee stabbed to death by coworker in Newport, Minn.

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An employee of Bailey Nurseries in Newport, Minn. was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his coworker Thursday afternoon.

Uriel Navarro Ortiz was found dead at the nursery when police arrived just before 4 p.m. Thursday and coworker Gregorio Maso-Ramirez was quickly identified as the suspect.

The Washington County attorney's office said Ortiz, 43, died of multiple stab wounds to the front and back of his body and also had multiple fingers severed.

"Uriel was a father, husband, friend and co-­‐worker," Bailey Nurseries said in a statement Friday. "He will be remembered by our family of employees at Bailey Nurseries as a hard working and dedicated employee and family man."

Ramirez, 57, left the nursery immediately after the stabbing, but later turned himself in to St. Paul police. A knife believed to be the murder weapon was recovered in St. Paul overnight.

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