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Woman Allegedly Tells Cops She Killed Abusive Boyfriend Because She ‘Wanted Him To Stop Talking’

“He’s dead. I shot him because he hit me,” Stephanie Louise Clark is alleged to have told a neighbor after the shooting of Don Juan.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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A Minnesota woman allegedly told police she fatally shot her boyfriend because he'd assaulted her and she "wanted him to stop talking."

Stephanie Louise Clark, 29, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the man's death Thursday evening, according to a criminal complaint obtained by KARE 11.

Authorities responded to an apartment in the Maple Grove area at around 6 p.m., where an unnamed witness claimed to have heard loud noises coming from one of the homes minutes before Clark knocked on their door, the outlet reports. When the witness answered the door, they saw Clark, who was crying, standing there with her son. She reportedly told the neighbor, “He’s dead. I shot him because he hit me.”

Authorities located the victim’s body on the bedroom floor of Clark’s apartment and he was pronounced dead on the scene, according to KARE 11. Clark’s boyfriend has since been identified as Don Juan. He’d been shot in the head and multiple times in the back.

Juan's family said that he’d been in a romantic relationship with Clark for two years, local outlet WCCO reports.

Following her arrest, Clark told police that she and Juan had gotten into an argument about her talking to another man in a store, with Juan allegedly punching her in the stomach and back once they were alone at home, according to KARE 11. Police officers observed a bruise on Clark’s back after she told them that she was in pain from being assaulted earlier.

The complaint states that the argument between Clark and Juan was put on hold when she went to pick up her son, but it continued when she returned home, according to KARE 11. It was at that point that Clark allegedly began brandishing a gun at Juan as she followed him around the house; she allegedly shot him once he turned around because she “wanted him to stop talking,” she said, according to police.

Clark’s 5-year-old son was present at the home during the shooting, according to WCCO.

Clark, who faces charges of second-degree murder with intent, not premeditated, remains in custody at the Hennepin County Jail, with bail set at $1 million, online records show. She is scheduled to next appear in court on April 15.

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