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Complaint: Man claimed 'God told him' to kill woman

Kenning is charged with one felony count after an incident that happened Saturday morning, according to a Stearns County criminal complaint.
Credit: Stearns County Sheriff
Daniel Walter Kenning

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The 38-year-old man who police say walked into the St. Cloud Police Department Saturday morning and told officers he killed a woman in his home, was charged Tuesday with intentional murder in the second degree.

Daniel Walter Kenning is charged with one felony count after an incident that happened Saturday morning, according to a Stearns County criminal complaint.

St. Cloud police also identified Tuesday afternoon the victim as 45-year-old Jennifer Lee Moy of Blaine.

The complaint said that after Kenning walked into the police department about 8:10 a.m. and made the confession, he took officers to his northside St. Cloud home, where officers found a woman dead.

According to the complaint, Kenning told police he had met the women "previously at a wedding and that they had recently communicated on Facebook Messenger."

In a statement to an investigator, Kenning said he had picked the woman up the night before and driven her to his home. The complaint said Kenning told police he had "tied (the woman's) legs and handcuffed her arms to a table." He then admitted to intentionally strangling the woman "with one hand until she died."

According to the complaint, Kenning told the investigator that "God had told him he needed to kill someone and that he would be able to resurrect them." Kenning also said he was "supposed to" kill the woman while they were together the previous weekend, but "could not do it at that time."

Kenning faces a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment.