Central Minnesota man faces murder charges in wife’s death
Defendant stated he tried defending himself by putting his hands around his wife's throat and he squeezed her throat until she went limp, court documents stated. He told authorities he panicked and put her body in the passenger seat of their vehicle and drove her to the Swan River Bridge on Great River Road, south of Little Falls, and that he dropped her body under the bridge.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — The husband of the Little Falls woman whose body was located Sunday, Feb. 7, on the surface of the ice under a bridge south of Little Falls faces second-degree murder charges.
Jonathan Greyblood, 30, was charged Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, in Morrison County District Court with two counts of second-degree murder — one count alleging the Little Falls man caused his wife’s death with intent and the second count alleging he caused her death without intent. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
Jonathan Greyblood reported his wife, Jeanine Greyblood, 37, of Little Falls, missing Saturday. The Little Falls Police Department issued a missing person alert through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and asked for the public’s help in locating Jeanine Greyblood. Police reported she was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Saturday leaving a residence but her direction of travel wasn’t known.
Morrison County sheriff’s deputies located her body about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, dead under suspicious circumstances. Jonathan Greyblood was arrested in connection to her death and Jeanine Greyblood’s body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office to determine cause and manner of death.
According to the complaint filed against Jonathan Greyblood, he told police Saturday morning he and his wife went to a bar Friday night in Little Falls to socialize with friends and then went to their friend’s residence afterward. He stated they got into an argument so they decided to leave. Jonathan Greyblood reported he and his wife drove to Pine Grove Park where they continued to argue.
Greyblood told police his wife got out of the vehicle without a coat and told him she was walking to a nearby friend’s house. He claimed his wife told him to go home to get her coat and when he returned to the friend’s residence, she was not there. He said he searched the area and couldn’t find her, so he called to report her missing.
During a second interview Sunday, Jonathan Greyblood acknowledged something bad happened to his wife, according to police. He said when they went home after being at their friend’s residence, she continued to be aggressive toward him. He allegedly told police he tried defending himself by putting his hands around her throat and he squeezed her throat until she went limp. Jonathan Greyblood said he started to do CPR on her but it wasn’t unsuccessful and she died.
Greyblood told authorities he panicked and put her body in the passenger seat of their vehicle and drove her to a bridge south of Little Falls, where he dropped her body under the bridge. Little Falls is 32 miles south of Brainerd.