ST. CLOUD – A 40-year-old St. Cloud woman is accused of stabbing and killing a man in an alley behind her home, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Stearns County District Court.
Lindsay Rae Shelltrack-Miller was charged with one felony count of second-degree murder without intent and while committing a felony.
According to the complaint, police were called to a home in the 1500 block of Ninth Avenue N. just before noon Monday, where they found a man in an alley behind the residence making gasping sounds.
St. Cloud police on Wednesday identified the man as Justin Allen Berge, 36, of St. Cloud. Shelltrack-Miller and Berge had at some point been in a domestic relationship, according to court administration.
Shelltrack-Miller told dispatch she pepper-sprayed and stabbed Berge after he threw a can of pop at her head and continued to come after her. Dispatch could hear Berge in the background saying he was defending himself and that he didn't hit her.
Shelltrack-Miller told police that during an argument with Berge she removed a knife from her fanny pack and "reached across (his) body attempting to nick him with the knife in the chest area," the complaint states.
Video surveillance from the woman's property showed that as Berge tried to restrain the woman, she reached into her fanny pack and extended her arm "in one stabbing motion" toward the man's chest, the complaint states. Berge was transported to St. Cloud Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:22 p.m. Monday
A judge on Wednesday set bail at $1 million with no conditions or $500,000 with conditions, including that Shelltrack-Miller not use or possess alcohol, drugs, firearms or dangerous weapons. Her next hearing is May 18.
Jenny Berg • 612-673-7299