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Bloomington man charged in wife's fatal stabbing

The victim's son told police he heard shouting that night, then found his mother covered in blood in the kitchen with John Lawler on top of her.
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John Lawler is now charged with the stabbing death of his wife in their Bloominton residence.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A Bloomington man is charged with fatally stabbing his wife.

John Lawler is facing a second-degree murder charge and is expected in court Wednesday. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says prosecutors are seeking bail of $1 million.

A criminal complaint says the 56-year-old Lawler and his 47-year-old wife, Darla King, returned to their townhome about 6 p.m. Sunday and King told her son they weren't getting along. 

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Not long after that, King reportedly went into the basement of the townhouse and listened to music with a younger son until he went to sleep about 10 p.m. She continued to listen to music until about 11 p.m. when the adult son heard the music turn off and then shouting between his mother and Lawler, the complaint states.

The son then found his mother covered in blood in the kitchen with Lawler on top of her. Responding 

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A 47-year-old woman is dead after being stabbed multiple times in Bloomington Sunday.

An autopsy found King had been stabbed four times on her left front, side and back. She also had defensive wounds to her hands.

Police say there are records of at least two domestic incidents involving Lawler and King, one in 2015 and the other in 2018.