BEMIDJI (AP) -- A 32-year-old woman has been charged with murder and arson in the beating death of a Red Lake man and burning of his home.
The woman, Carol Louise Gillmore, 32, appeared in federal court Friday on charges of premediated murder and arson. She was then taken to Sherburn County Jail in Elk River to await a detention hearing in Minneapolis on Thursday.
Gillmore is accused of killing George Alyosius Stateley, 68, last Wednesday night and setting fire to his home.
The woman, a resident of the Equae Wii Ga Miig Women's Shelter, knew Stateley, a retired health worker. Investigators found she checked out of the facility at 9 p.m. Wednesday night and returned shortly after 10.
A friend of Stateley's told police their phone conversation was interrupted that night when someone came to Stateley's door. Stateley's friend told police she heard him say, "Hi, Carol. What are you doing here?" Stately's caller ID box indicated the phone call came in at 9:25 p.m.
After Gillmore returned to the shelter, staff workers noticed blood stains on her door, in the shower and on washing machines. Police later found traces of blood on Gillmore's car.
Stately's body was discovered Thursday morning after the Red Lake Fire Department responded to a call which came in at 8:19 a.m. Firefighters broke into the house to extinguish the fire and found Stately's body in the living room.
He suffered head injuries and an autopsy showed his throat had been cut. A hammer and kitchen knife with traces of blood and hair on them were found on his body.
In the complaint against Gillmore, police said the living room and laundry room at Stately's house showed evidence of a struggle with items knocked from the walls and a chair overturned.
According to the complaint, Gillmore told investigators she went to Stately's house Wednesday night to ask him to check a tire for her and tell him she would pay him what she owed him later in the week.
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