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Lewiston Man Indicted For Murder In Girlfriend's Death

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A 24-year-old man is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of his girlfriend back in May at their Lewiston residence.

Kyle Benjamin Allers was indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges in Tasha Lynn Hanson's death. Allers was also indicted for second-degree intentional murder, second-degree unintentional murder strangulation and first-degree manslaughter in connection with the case.

According to the charges, the two were in a domestic relationship for several years and lived together at a residence in Lewiston. Authorities had contact with Allers at about 1:20 a.m. on May 13 as he was driving a vehicle slowly away from another that was registered to Hanson. Allers turned onto another road just off a highway, turned onto another road and pulled into a driver before turning off his lights.

An officer went to Hanson's car, which was locked. The officer noticed a small amount of blood just under the trunk lid of the vehicle, according to the complaint.

The complaint states the officer made contact with Allers, who told the officer he was trying to locate his fiancé. He told the officer they had gotten into an argument a day earlier and he hadn't seen her since. Allers had a black eye and appeared agitated and nervous. Allers told the officer the blood on her vehicle came from a blister.

Later that day, one of Allers' family members contacted authorities and was concerned that he had killed Hanson. The family member told authorities Allers visited them the day before and talked about their fight. He accused Hanson of cheating on him, the complaint states.

The complaint states when the family member asked him if he had killed her, he said, "She's gone. She's gone forever."

According to the complaint, the family member went to Allers' residence the next day and asked him if he killed Hanson. He responding by nodding that he did.

Hanson's body was found in a wooded area about three-quarters of a mile off a road east of Lewiston. The complaint states Allers asked the family member to help him get rid of her body because he believed the family member, a hunter, knew places nobody would search for her.

The complaint states an autopsy of Hanson showed she died from blunt force head injuries and strangulation, and her manner of death is homicide.

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