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Grand Rapids Man Charged With Murder After Victim Dies

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) – A northern Minnesota man is now charged with murder after one of the victims of a double shooting in Grand Rapids died.

Itasca (eye-TAS’-kuh) County Attorney John Muhar on Monday amended the complaint against 26-year-old William Levi Payne of Bovey (BOH’-vee) to add one count of second-degree murder.

Payne remains charged with first-degree attempted murder, as well as kidnapping, terroristic threats, burglary, assault and violating an order for protection.

Payne is charged in connection with the Dec. 22 shooting of 59-year-old Rosemary Oberg-Johnson and her son, Paul Russell Johnson.

Oberg-Johnson died last week. Paul Johnson remains in critical condition at a hospital in Duluth.

At the request of defense attorneys, the court on Monday ordered an evaluation to determine whether Payne was legally insane at the time of the shootings.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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