MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) A 33-year-old man from Minneapolis is accused of assaulting his father with a hammer and knife and killing him inside their home last week.
Anthony Ryan Jolson was charged Friday in Hennepin County with second-degree murder in connection with the January 13 incident.
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According to police, officers responded around 6 p.m. 21 to 4700 block of Elliot Avenue South on reports of a domestic assault with injuries.
A witness at the scene, Jolson’s brother, told police his 58-year-old father was lying on the couch and injured. The brother said the victim had been hit in the head with a hammer, according to the complaint.
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Officers forced in and found a bloody scene, the complaint said, with the victim showing clear signs of trauma to his head and neck area. The victim was determined to be dead by emergency personnel.
Jolson initially opposed the arrest, but was eventually remanded in custody.
According to the complaint, Jolson’s brother told police that Jolson had recently appeared paranoid, talking about the devil, occult and how “the COVID vaccine was part of this.” Jolson had reportedly called his father and brother “the devil.” He reportedly told his brother that the “devil” made him kill his father.
A hammer and knife with blood-like substances on it were discovered in the living room.
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If convicted, Jolson faces up to 40 years in prison.
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