Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Tyler Christensen, age 23, of Apple Valley, has been convicted by Judge Jerome Abrams after a court trial of one count each of Assault in the First Degree (Great Bodily Harm), and Assault in the Second Degree (Dangerous Weapon) in connection with repeatedly stabbing his mother at their home on June 1, 2015, in Apple Valley. Christensen was acquitted of Attempted Murder in the First Degree (With Intent).
On June 1, 2015, officers of the Apple Valley Police Department were dispatched to a home on a report from a male who stated he just killed his mother. Upon arrival, law enforcement located the male who was later identified as Christensen kneeling down in the front yard of the house in what appeared to be blood on his clothing, arms and hands. Law enforcement found his mother (KLC) in the kitchen of the home. She was unresponsive, covered in blood with multiple stab wounds to her neck, including a cut on the left side of her neck which caused one of her blood vessels to be cut resulting in internal bleeding. KLC also had lacerations to her head. KLC was transported to Fairview Ridges Hospital and was then transferred to another hospital for further treatment and surgery. The following day, law enforcement met with KLC at the hospital. KLC stated she got in an argument with her son that turned violent and the last thing she remembered was that one of them grabbed a frying pan and that she has no memory of the incident. When asked if the Defendant did this, KLC stated of course he did, but that he is mentally ill.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search. A mug shot can be viewed online at: Inmate Search.
Backstrom praised Assistant Count Attorney Jennifer Bovitz, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom also praised the Apple Valley Police Department for their quick and thorough investigation into this matter.
Christensen will remain in custody until his sentencing on May 25, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.