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Woman charged with killing ex in Minnesota now faces Wisconsin murder charges

A woman charged with killing her ex-husband in Minnesota is now also charged with slaying her boyfriend in Wisconsin.

Angelina Mae O'Mara, 37, was charged Monday in Ashland County Circuit Court with the first-degree intentional homicide of Michael Pies of Blaine, Minn., whose body was found inside the Anderson Motel in Ashland on Nov. 2. He died from a single gunshot to the head.

O'Mara, who has addresses in Rice and Cold Spring, Minn., was charged Nov. 3 with second-degree murder in the death of her ex-husband, James Kelly O'Mara. He was found Nov. 1 in his Sauk Rapids, Minn., apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. In Minnesota, a grand jury needs to be convened to bring a charge of first-degree murder.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Ashland County District Attorney Kelly McKnight:

O'Mara initially denied any involvement in Pies' death when she was taken into custody Nov. 3 at a truck stop in Sioux Falls, S.D. She said the "Hell's Angels" were responsible.

An Ashland police investigator interviewed O'Mara in Sioux Falls on Nov. 11. She admitted checking into the motel with Pies on Oct. 29, the complaint alleges. She said Pies pulled the gun on her and told her he was going to shoot her. She said they struggled over the gun and when she got it away from him it accidentally went off. She said he died instantly.

An agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension asked O'Mara to show officers how she took the gun away from Pies. She was asked how, if Pies was pointing the gun at her, the barrel got pointed back at him. She eventually said that when she gained possession of the gun, she pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger, the complaint alleges. She said she didn't think the gun was loaded. She made no attempt to help the victim or call police.

O'Mara stayed in the room until the afternoon of Nov. 1. She refused to answer the door that day for a uniformed officer who was knocking.

On Nov. 18, while being held on the Minnesota murder charge, O'Mara contacted an Ashland police investigator and admitted that she hadn't been truthful during her earlier statements. She said she and the victim had been arguing but they weren't physically fighting. She said she shot Pies between 3 and 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 31. She said she put the gun in her trunk, went back in the room and slept in the bed next to the victim's body.

O'Mara said she left Ashland on Nov. 1 and hid the gun off a dirt road by two bushes near the forest outside of a small town west of Ashland.

No date has been set for O'Mara's first appearance in Ashland County Circuit Court. She's scheduled to make her next appearance on the Minnesota murder charge on Dec. 27 in Benton County District Court in Foley, Minn. She's being held in the Benton County Jail on $3 million bail.

A St. Cloud Times report said O'Mara's Minnesota attorney told a judge that his client has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and "has little time left."