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Patient at St. Peter mental health facility charged with murder of roommate

ST. PETER — A patient at the state-operated mental health facility in St. Peter is accused of using an electric guitar to murder his roommate Monday, Jan. 1, according to charges filed in Nicollet County.

David Michael Otey, 43, was charged Tuesday in Nicollet County District Court with two felonies for second-degree murder with and without intent and three felonies for first-, second- and fourth-degree assault.

Otey is accused of "bashing" his roommate at the Forensic Mental Health Program over the head with the guitar, causing fatal blunt force trauma, before choking a staff member, according to a criminal complaint.


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