FOLEY — A St. Cloud man has been formally charged with murder after a shooting that killed a woman outside a business in east St. Cloud on Monday morning.
Thirty six years Michael Charpentier is charged with one count of second degree murder.
Court records show Carpenter shot the 28-year-old after she spurned his romantic advances. The woman, whose name has not been released, was shot in the neck and died at the scene.
Police say a review of the victim’s phone showed several text messages between the two from the previous night in which the woman said she did not want to be touched or manipulated by Carpenter and that he should not return it. uncomfortable at work.
The woman’s colleagues told police that Carpenter had made numerous advances to her over the past month, but that those advances had been repeatedly rebuffed. They also noted that Carpenter had a bad temper.
After the shooting, officers learned that Carpenter was at his sister’s home in Sauk Rapids and arrested him there.
A search warrant was used to search his vehicle. Police said they found a loaded 9mm handgun in the back seat. Court records show the bullets matched the brand and style of casing found at the scene.
According to police, Carpenter made several conflicting statements about the incident after his arrest.
He is arraigned in Benton County Court today (Wednesday).