Minneapolis man died of 'homicidal violence'

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 5, 2010 - 10:59 PM

Authorities on Friday released the identity of the man whose body was found in the snow the day before, and authorities are calling his death a homicide, Minneapolis' eighth of 2010.

Michael M. Fonta, 45, was found dead behind his home in the 300 block of 8th Street SE. He died of "complex homicidal violence," the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said. His body was found by police and emergency personnel who were called to the scene, police said.

Court records show Fonta has a lengthy criminal history of mostly minor crimes. Police asked that anyone with information about Fonta's death call the Minneapolis Police Department Tip Line at 612-692-8477.

PAUL WALSH

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