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1/10/2013 3:11:00 PM
Triton graduate killed in St. Paul

Manya Jewel (Twite) Johnson, 32, was brutally murdered at her home in the Como Park neighborhood of St. Paul on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Her husband, Steven Roger Johnson has been arrested and charged with second-degree intentional murder. Police learned of the killing Monday from a former prison inmate who had been in prison with the husband.

Nathan Schram, White Bear Lake, notified police Monday afternoon that he had been told by Johnson that Johnson's wife was dead and that Johnson had hidden her body in Schram's garage. Police found the body in the garage.

Johnson had filed a missing person report Monday morning. According to police, after being arrested, Johnson admitted that he had killed his wife with a gunshot to the head after being told by her that she was leaving him and taking their 17-month-old son.

Johnson had been in prison after being convicted in 1996 of the brutal rape of a young woman.

Manya and Steven Johnson were married in September of 2009.

Manya is the daughter of Terrance and Bonnie Twite of Dodge Center. She was a 1998 graduate of Triton High School with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in counseling psychology. She was employed at Target Corp.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Thomas Evenstad

This was a preventable, predictable crime:

Please demand answers from Donnay & his "experts"!

Whose gun was it? Johnson was prohibited from possessing!

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