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Hacksaw, gun, bleach confiscated in wife dismemberment homicide case

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Search warrants say a hacksaw, reciprocating saw, bleach and pistol are among 33 items collected by police investigating a dismemberment homicide case in Ramsey County.

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An affidavit filed in Ramsey County District Court this week says the 34-year-old defendant, Steven Roger Johnson, told investigators they would find the gun he used to shoot Manya Jewel Johnson in their basement.

A criminal complaint says Johnson told police he shot his 32-year-old wife in the head, dismembered her body and placed her remains in plastic bins which he stored in a friend's garage in the St. Paul suburb of White Bear Lake.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/W4uT55 ) cites court documents which say Johnson told police he went to Menards to buy bleach, storage tubs and a better saw to use in the dismemberment.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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