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Deer River Man Accused Of Murdering Girlfriend

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:53 pm

(Deer River, MN) -- A Deer River man is charged with second-degree murder one week after his girlfriend was found dead in their home. Fifty-year-old Eugene Nason is accused of killing 43-year-old Sonya Smith the morning of July 24th. Smith's body was found in the bathtub and the preliminary autopsy shows she died as a result of a ruptured liver and spleen, broken ribs and cerebral hemorrhaging. Neighbors told police they heard screaming around 4 a-m and later saw a large man smoking outside the residence. Nason claims he spent the night at his sister's house and nothing physical happened with Smith the previous day. But the criminal complaint says the shirt he was wearing that night on a liquor store's surveillance video was found near the bathtub. Nason is jailed without bail and his next court appearance is September 9th.