1st Degree Murder Charged Sought in Manya Johnson Killing

Posted at: 02/05/2013 6:02 PM
Updated at: 02/05/2013 6:03 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The prosecutor plans to seek first-degree murder charges against a St. Paul man accused of dismembering his wife.
The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/TGzlqS) reports 34-year-old Steven Roger Johnson appeared in court Tuesday ready to "resolve" his case. But 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.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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