Anoka County man set ablaze by landlord asked, "Why did Adam do this to me?" before dying

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Adam Lilienthal
Andover resident Adam Lilienthal faces second-degree murder charges after his tenant died because of burn injuries sustained when he was allegedly set on fire intentionally by Lilienthal. (Read the backstory here.)

According to the charges, "there had recently been tension" about the living situation between Lilienthal and 55-year-old Scott Yorek, who rented a room in Lilienthal's residence at 1329 137th Lane Northwest. Though the charges don't provide specifics, the dispute was apparently serious enough that Lilienthal thought it was a good idea to douse Yorek with accelerant while he was "lying or standing near a bed in an upstairs bedroom" before setting him ablaze.

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Woodbury teen Tara Fitzgerald's overdose death leads to five murder charges

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Cole Matenaer (right) is one of five teens facing a murder charge in connection with the death of Fitzgerald (left).
Five teenagers -- including three minors -- face third-degree murder charges in connection with the synthetic drug overdose death of 17-year-old Woodbury resident Tara Fitzgerald.

All five were allegedly involved in the drug dealing chain that resulted in Fitzgerald and a friend of hers ingesting a substance they believed to be LSD while they were hanging out at Fitzgerald's house around midnight on January 11.

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Tristan Keys sentenced to more than six years in connection with one-punch Mpls homicide

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Tristan Keys
Last summer, Tristan Keys was charged with first-degree manslaughter for allegedly killing 53-year-old Lamar Wilson with a single punch in the parking lot of the Stop N Shop near West 31st Street and 1st Avenue South in south Minneapolis. (Read the backstory here.)

Keys, 22, was sentenced to 81 months in prison in connection with that incident yesterday, but he never admitted to actually punching Wilson. Instead, he pleaded guilty to lesser charges of aiding an offender after the fact and second-degree drug possession.

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Jake Zumberge posted about shotgun killings before dad allegedly shot neighbor with shotgun [UPDATE]

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Jacob Zumberge's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: This afternoon, Paula Zumberge was charged with the same counts of second-degree murder and attempted murder her husband faces. Paula's counts pertain to "aiding and abetting" rather than the murder itself, but the consequences are the same. A Ramsey County Jail official says she's not in custody as of 4:25 p.m. this afternoon.

:::: UPDATE 2 (May 9) :::: Paula Zumberge has been arrested and is due in court today. Here's her mugshot. (h/t: Chao Xiong)


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Original post -- When Neal Zumberge stormed out of his New Brighton basement with a 12-gauge shotgun and allegedly opened fire on his neighbors Monday evening, he was enraged because a police call they made landed his son in jail, authorities say.

Neal's son, Jake, was upset with his dad's neighbors -- Todd Stevens and his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Cleven -- because they were in the habit of feeding deer in their yard, and his dad had come down with a case of Lyme disease Jake blamed on the presence of the animals. So when Jake ran into Stevens and Cleven at a Spring Lake Park VFW on April 29, things got heated.

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Neal Zumberge charged with murder for shooting neighbor over deer feeding dispute [MUGSHOT]

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Neal Zumberge's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Jake Zumberge posted about shotgun killings before dad allegedly shot neighbor with shotgun

Today, New Brighton resident Neal Zumberge was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting up a couple who lived next to him Monday evening following a dispute over their habit of feeding deer in their yard, among other beefs.

According to the charges, the homicidal chain of events began with an encounter between Zumberge's neighbors and Zumberge's son at a Spring Lake Park VFW on April 29.

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Drive-by shooting leaves one dead in quiet south Minneapolis neighborhood

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:::: UPDATE, February 25 :::: The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Adrian Carr of St. Louis Park.

A man was killed in a drive-by shooting on the 3400 block of Snelling Avenue South in south Minneapolis just before 4 p.m. yesterday.

SEE ALSO: North Minneapolis street still red with blood four days after murder

The as-of-yet unidentified victim was found inside a vehicle. (Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us he was in his mid-30s.) The suspect drove away from the scene in a dark-colored SUV and remains on the loose.

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Devon Parker killed north Mpls Good Samaritan with his own gun, charges say

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Devon Parker (left); Thomas Sonnenberg (right).
Devon Parker, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a 69-year-old north Minneapolis homeowner with his own gun.

Just before noon Friday, Parker allegedly knocked on Thomas Sonnenberg's door at 3739 Aldrich Avenue North. Sonnenberg's wife later described Parker as "frantic, paranoid, and in some sort of distress" when he arrived, but Thomas Sonnenberg let him in the house nonetheless.

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Pot deal gone wrong also led to Minneapolis's first homicide of year

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Brandon Bell
On January 3, 22-year-old north Minneapolis resident Devonte Coppage became St. Paul's first homicide victim of 2014 when a pot deal gone awry led to him being shot multiple times in a BP station parking lot.

SEE ALSO: Barack Obama disagrees with Sheriff Stanek about the dangers of pot

Twenty days later, another pot deal gone wrong led to 61-year-old Darnell Harris becoming Minneapolis's first murder victim of the year, according to charges filed in Hennepin County yesterday.

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Kingfield shooting results in Mpls's first 2014 homicide after victim unexpectedly dies

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-- Update at bottom --

Officers responding to a report of gunfire on the 4500 block of 1st Avenue South in Kingfield around 9:15 p.m. last Thursday night heard that a male victim was seen limping from the scene. A short time later, they found a victim in a nearby vehicle with a gunshot wound to his lower leg.

The victim was transported to HCMC, where he was expected to recover.

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"We didn't expect him to check out," MPD spokesman John Elder told us last night.

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Believe it or not, 2013 wasn't record year for domestic violence homicides in Minnesota

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Mandy Matula was one of 37 Minnesotans killed in domestic violence homicides last year.
One of the biggest local stories of 2013 was the very troubling string of domestic violence homicides. Especially during the first half of the year, it seemed a new tragedy of that sort was hitting the news cycle just about every week.

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But believe it or not, the number of domestic violence homicides in Minnesota last year, 37, wasn't unprecedented.

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