LINO LAKES — Two people have now been charged in connection with the Aug. 27 shooting death of a Lino Lakes man.
Melissa Madelyne Zielinski, 47, of Sandstone, Minnesota. has been charged with one count of second-degree intentional murder.
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office previously announced that Nicholas Walter Zielinski, 43, of Hermantown, Minnesota, has been charged with one count of second-degree intentional murder.
According to the criminal complaint, a Lino Lakes man came home Aug. 27 to find two unknown individuals in his residence; one was later identified by authorities as Zielinski. After the individuals left, the man found his gravely injured 22-year-old son lying on the floor. The victim, Karl Mitchell Henderson, 22, had been shot in the abdomen and was declared dead by first responders.
As the investigation continued to identify the female involved, officers spoke with a number of people who independently reported that the female was likely to be Mr. Zielinski’s sister. Officers obtained cell phone tracking information for both Nicholas’ and Melissa’s phones. The tracking data shows the phone belonging to Nicholas traveling from the Duluth area to the Twin Cities on the day of the shooting; the phone belonging to Melissa was in the Twin Cities metro area that morning. Later in the day, both phones were shown to be in the immediate area of the shooting within the appropriate time frame.
In addition, an outgoing text message on Melissa’s phone read, “We are going to collect some money owed to me hopefully.”
Nicholas made his first appearance in Anoka County District Court Sept. 1. Bail was set at $1 million with no conditions, or $750,000 with conditions. Melissa made her first appearance in Anoka County District Court Sept. 11. Bail was set at $2 million.
Nicholas’ next court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 14 (after press deadlines). See presspubs.com for updates.