Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Elizabeth Rios, age 27 of St. Paul, was sentenced today to 128 months in prison by Judge David Knutson in connection with the stabbing death of 30-year-old Daniel Adam Wallner, in West St. Paul on November 24, 2015. Rios pled guilty last August to one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Unintentional). Co-defendant Jose Dominguez, age 22 of St. Paul, pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Robbery and was sentenced to 57 months in prison on September 22, 2016. The judge also ordered that restitution in the amount of $15,952.73 be paid by both defendants.
During the morning hours of November 24, 2015, West St. Paul police responded to a residence on a report of a male lying face down in the driveway. Officers observed two stab wounds on the left side of his chest. The victim was identified as Daniel Adam Wallner. Investigators learned that on November 23, Wallner told a friend that he intended to sell a large amount of marijuana to two individuals later that day and that he was concerned that the individuals who he was going to sell the marijuana to were going to rob him. From Wallner’s cellphone, investigators were able to find multiple incoming and outgoing calls on the evening of November 23 to a cellphone listed to a residence in St. Paul.
On November 27, officers arrested Rios and Dominguez after they left this St. Paul home in a vehicle. Rios told investigators that she and Dominguez had driven to a parking lot in West St. Paul the evening of November 23 to buy marijuana. After Wallner got into their car, an argument and struggle began, during which Rios pulled out a knife and stabbed Wallner. Dominguez originally denied any involvement in this matter.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search
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Backstrom commented: “We are pleased to have held these two defendants accountable for this senseless death. On behalf of law enforcement, our sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Daniel Wallner.”
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Elizabeth Swank who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the West St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Electronic Crimes Unit for their assistance in this investigation.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.