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Brother faces charges after fatal stabbing in Mounds View

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG and PAUL WALSH
  • S tar Tribune staff writers
  • February 1, 2012 - 8:55 PM

The house on Lake Court Drive in Mounds View was a place beset by trouble, where two brothers in their 50s lived with their frail and elderly mother, and police squad cars were a common sight.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said, the older brother, Jay H. Hilling, 56, called 911. He apparently had stabbed his brother, Michael S. Hilling, to death.

Police found Michael Hilling, 51, dead in the hallway. His brother was still in the house and a knife was found at the scene.

Investigators "were still working to put the pieces together" on what prompted the stabbing, said Police Chief Thomas Kinney.

Court records show that Michael Hilling was a violent man with a long history of drunken driving and domestic assault, among many other offenses. Jay Hilling's record consists mostly of traffic violations, including drunken driving.

According to domestic assault and assault charges filed against Michael Hilling in 2006: He threatened his mother, now 77, with a tire iron in her bedroom. He later grabbed a bar stool, raised it over his head and threatened to hit her with it.

In 2005, police were called to the home because Michael Hilling was threatening his mother and demanding money from her. She locked herself in a bathroom. He took off with her car while drunk, according to a terroristic-threats charge filed against him.

When police arrived later that night to arrest Michael Hilling, he threatened to kill the officers as well as the son of one of the officers, according to the 2005 complaint.

Kinney said that police have answered "dozens of calls" to the address in the past several years "for a variety of issues, domestic-related as well as medical issues."

Police wouldn't discuss a possible motive in the stabbing pending charges, which could come Thursday.

The mother was at home at the time and was giving police "some information that we're working to corroborate," Kinney said.

Autopsy results are pending.

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