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Baldwin homicide case to be tried in Minnesota

Tanner Rix

A St. Croix County prosecutor announced Wednesday that a homicide case against a Lake City, Minn., man accused of killing his girlfriend will be tried in Minnesota, not Wisconsin.

During a plea hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court, Assistant District Attorney Michael Nieskes told the court that Tanner J. Rix admitted this week to law enforcement that he shot and killed his girlfriend, Angel Linderman, on County Highway 19 “near Red Wing.”

Rix pleaded no contest at the hearing to one count of hiding a corpse, a felony. As part of an agreement, a first-degree homicide charge was dismissed -- upon the filing of similar charges in Minnesota.

Goodhue County authorities did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the status of charges there.

Rix agreed to be extradited to Minnesota during the hearing.

According to a St. Croix County criminal complaint, Rix called 911 at 11:48 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2014, to report that Linderman had been shot in the head. The complaint states he told a St. Croix County dispatcher that “I shot her” with a .22-caliber firearm.

Authorities located Rix near 260th Street and 90th Avenue in the Town of Baldwin. He was found standing near a .22-caliber revolver and a knife, both laid on the roadway.

St. Croix County Sheriff’s deputies searched the car he was driving and discovered Linderman’s body inside, the complaint states.

Rix allegedly made the statements “I actually shot my girlfriend this morning,” and “I shot my girlfriend in the face today on accident,” which were overheard by an investigator.

An autopsy concluded Linderman likely died between 4 and 6 a.m.

After Wednesday’s hearing, Nieskes said Rix made the admission during questioning to establish jurisdiction for the homicide charge, an issue he said had been raised by defense attorneys.

“It was fairly clear from the evidence that the death occurred in the state of Minnesota,” Nieskes said.

A felony firearm possession charge against Rix was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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