Itasca County beheading: Woman charged in connection with death

HIBBING - The girlfriend of an Itasca County beheading suspect now faces two felony charges for her alleged role in the death of a 20-year-old Hibbing man.

Joseph Christen Thoresen, of Grand Rapids, was arrested Sunday in connection to the death of David Alexander Haiman, 20, of Hibbing, according to the complaint.

HIBBING - The girlfriend of an Itasca County beheading suspect now faces two felony charges for her alleged role in the death of a 20-year-old Hibbing man.

Kayleene Danielle Greniger, 22, was formally charged today in State District Court as an accomplice after the fact to second-degree murder in the killing of David Alexander Haiman. She’s also charged with third-degree assault.

Authorities said her boyfriend, 35-year-old Joseph Christen Thoresen, killed Haiman after learning that he allegedly had sexually assaulted Greniger.

The accomplice charge alleges that Greniger aided Thoresen by “destroying or concealing evidence of that crime, providing false or misleading information about that crime, receiving the proceeds of that crime, or otherwise obstructing the investigation or prosecution of that crime.”

According to the charges:


Greniger told investigators that she was upset because Haiman made plans on June 20 to visit the Grand Rapids, Minn., apartment that she shares with Thoresen. She said Haiman had previously sexually assaulted her.

When Haiman arrived that day, she confronted him, punching him in the face. She said Haiman agreed to be tied up in the apartment with a rope and beaten - apparently in retaliation for the alleged sexual assault - and that she and Thoresen both repeatedly punched him.

Greniger said she and the two men then left the apartment to look for some drugs. She said they smoked marijuana and meth and went for a drive in the woods in Haiman's car, with Thoresen driving.

Greniger told police that Haiman later called her several derogatory terms and Thoresen stopped the car, saying it was having mechanical issues.

Greniger said the men went to look under the hood when Thoresen struck Haiman with a baseball bat and stabbed him multiple times with what she described as a “large black knife.” She said Thoresen then grabbed a knife from Haiman’s belt loop and cut off his head.

Greniger said Thoresen disposed of Haiman’s body in the woods and drove home to clean up.

Greniger gave the statement to police Sunday, and was arrested two days later.

If convicted, she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on the accomplice to murder charge and five years on the assault charge.


Greniger is scheduled to be arraigned today in Grand Rapids.


Tom Olsen, Forum News Service

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