According to search warrant ? McDonough admits to stabbing Paulson

According to search warrant ? McDonough admits to stabbing Paulson by David Lias It appears that an incident involving a beer bottle and a broken window eventually escalated into the homicide death of Mark Paulson at his Vermillion trailer home.

According to search warrant documents filed with the Clay County clerk of courts office Aug. 22, Chaske McDonough, 20, admitted to Clay County Deputy Sheriff Andy Howe that he stabbed Paulson, mortally wounding him.

Paulson's body was discovered after Vermillion police responded to a 911 call to his home at approximately 9:20 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Lamplighter Trailer Court, located at 108 E. Cherry Street.

An autopsy conducted in St. Paul, MN determined that Paulson was killed in his home.

In an interview conducted Aug. 16, McDonough told Howe that he and his friends were drinking alcohol in a trailer located directly north of Paulson's residence.

McDonough admitted that he threw a beer container at Paulson's trailer, apparently breaking a window. Paulson came out of his trailer and confronted McDonough, and later invited McDonough into his trailer to discuss the broken window.

McDonough said he and Paulson began fighting inside the trailer. He said Paulson briefly held him down, and he punched Paulson. As the fight continued, McDonough said he eventually stabbed Paulson, mortally wounding him.

After the fight, McDonough returned to his apartment at #101 112 East Cherry Street.

He was arrested at his apartment by local law enforcement Aug. 16, and is in custody in the Clay County Jail. McDonough has been charge with second degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Law enforcement requested and were granted a warrant to search McDonough's premises for shoes, clothing, or any other objects which may contain blood, tissue, hair, or other evidence from the crime scene.

The search warrant document states that "during a forensic investigation of the crime scene, criminalists from the state forensic lab located evidence in the form of shoe prints, finger prints, blood, palm prints, certain impressionistic lacerations on the victim's body and other physical evidence believed left or incurred by the perpetrator."

The inventory of items taken from McDonough's apartment following the execution of the search warrant includes several items of clothing, including tennis shoes, and three pieces of a broken knife found in a kitchen garbage can.

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