Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Thomas Michael Luby, age 59 of South St. Paul, was found guilty today by a Dakota County Jury of one count each of First Degree Murder (Premeditated) and Second Degree Murder (Intentional) in connection with the August 7, 2015 stabbing death of Kelly Ann Anderson, age 45, also of South St. Paul. The jury deliberated for approximately 8 hours. Judge Joseph Carter ordered the defendant held without bail until his sentencing which is scheduled for May 2, 2016 at 11:00AM in Hastings.
The law enforcement investigation into this case revealed the following facts:
Luby made a 911 phone call at approximately 4:05 a.m. on August 7, 2015, reporting that there was a dead woman at his residence. He told the dispatcher she was dead “because I killed her.” Luby told the dispatcher that he was outside in an alley making the call and had the knife with him. Luby claimed at that time he had stabbed the victim in the neck in self-defense. When officers arrived they found Kelly Anderson’s blood-covered body lying face up on the living room floor. She had visible wounds to her body and neck. A large kitchen knife was found in her right hand. Ms. Anderson was deceased at that time. Luby was found inside the residence wearing shorts and a shirt covered in what appeared to be dried blood.
Luby told police he and Ms. Anderson had both been drinking alcohol. Luby claimed Ms. Anderson became upset with him for hiding the bottle around 9 p.m. and grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed him in the neck. He claimed he disarmed her and stabbed her lightly on the stomach and said she then passed out for a while, but grabbed the knife once again when she woke up. Luby claimed he disarmed her again and stabbed her in the mouth, killing her. He estimated this occurred sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight on August 6, 2015. Luby claimed to have no recollection of making the 911 call and denied placing the knife in Ms. Anderson’s hand after her death. The only injuries officers found on Luby were two small cut marks under his chin.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner found that Ms. Anderson suffered multiple knife wounds, including two deep lacerations on her right jawline; a stab wound to her chin, lower teeth and mouth; a stab wound to her neck that cut her jugular vein; and a stab wound to the base of her neck that went upwards, cutting her carotid artery and her ear. The medical examiner determined that the latter two described injuries were fatal wounds. Ms. Anderson also had two deep lacerations to the outside of her right hand consistent with defensive wounds. Officers at the scene also observed scratches to her stomach and that her lips and right eye were swollen. Officers also found tufts of hair around the living room and several blood-soaked t-shirts near Ms. Anderson’s body.
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Backstrom commented: “We are pleased to have brought Thomas Luby to justice for this brutal attack which resulted in death. Our deepest sympathy is extended to family and friends of Kelly Anderson.”
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Jennifer Bovitz, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the South St. Paul Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dakota County Electronic Crimes Unit who assisted in this investigation.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4453.