MINNEAPOLIS — A Burnsville man was charged Friday, Sept. 13, with second-degree murder for the brutal slaying of a 60-year-old Minneapolis man whose body was found in a burning house.
Larry Foster, 66, is suspected of killing Daniel Bradley by hitting him over 100 times with blunt force and a sharp weapon, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. He is being held at the Hennepin County Jail with bail set at $1 million.
Just after midnight on Sept. 2, Minneapolis firefighters responded to smoke coming from a house. After extinguishing a fire in the kitchen, which was in the rear of the house, Bradley was discovered dead in the front of the house. His carotid artery had been cut, police said.
Police found blood on the back door of the house, and found a bloody butcher knife in the backyard. They followed the blood trail through a neighbor’s yard and on a picket fence as though someone grabbed it to jump over, the complaint states.
Both DNA testing and a bloody fingerprint matched to Foster.
With that identification Sept. 6, police began looking for Foster. They learned that St. Paul police also were looking for him because he left his Ford truck near a boat launch in Hidden Falls Park on Sept. 2. Inside the truck was blood and another bloody knife, according to the complaint.
On Wednesday, police received a tip Foster was going to check into Twin Town treatment facility in St. Paul, and they arrested him. Foster admitted he knew Bradley, but declined to say anything more.
Foster has a 2000 conviction of cocaine possession and a 2000 conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm. In 2008 he was convicted of making terroristic threats.
His next court appearance is Oct. 10.