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Man (35) accused of decapitating man whom his girlfriend said had sexually assaulted her

Published 29/06/2016 | 20:52

Joseph Thoresen is accused of decapitating another man after his girlfriend told him that the man had sexually assaulted her. (Itasca County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Joseph Thoresen is accused of decapitating another man after his girlfriend told him that the man had sexually assaulted her. (Itasca County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A northern Minnesota man has been accused of decapitating another man after his girlfriend told him that the man had sexually assaulted her.

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Joseph Thoresen, 35, has been charged with murder.

He is accused of ambushing 20-year-old David Haiman, of Hibbing, along a road near Ball Club.

Prosecutors in Itasca County say Thoresen hit Mr Haiman with a baseball bat and stabbed him in the back and abdomen before decapitating him with a machete and throwing his head into the woods.

Authorities found Mr Haiman's torso and head on Sunday.

The complaint says Thoresen's girlfriend told authorities he was upset when she told him Mr Haiman had sexually assaulted her.

Bail was set at 2 million dollars (£1.5 million) without conditions during his first court appearance on Wednesday.

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