ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/KTTC) -- Search warrants say a hacksaw, reciprocating saw, bleach and pistol are among 33 items collected by police in the investigation into the death of a woman originally from Dodge Center.
An affidavit filed in Ramsey County District Court this week says the 34-year-old defendant, Steven Roger Johnson, told investigators they would find the gun he used to shoot Manya Jewel Johnson in their basement on Jan. 6.
A criminal complaint says Johnson told police he shot his 32-year-old wife in the head, dismembered her body and placed her remains in plastic bins which he stored in a friend's garage in the St. Paul suburb of White Bear Lake.
Manya Johnson graduated from Triton High School in 1998. She was an employee of Target Corporation in the Twin Cities and had previously worked for Mayo Clinic.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press cites court documents which say Johnson told police he went to Menards to buy bleach, storage tubs and a better saw to use in the dismemberment.
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