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Richard Ireland has been charged in Ramsey County in the 1977 slaying of a St. Paul man

Pursuit of infamous 1977 cold case goes through Duluth

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A Minneapolis man who had been living and possibly working in Duluth has been charged in connection with a mutilation murder that occurred 32 years ago in St. Paul.


Richard Hubert Ireland Jr., 59, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the 1977 slaying of a man who was tied up, stabbed and mutilated in his own apartment.

Authorities say they linked Ireland to the 1977 slaying of Martin Shemukenas, 30, of St. Paul using DNA evidence.

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