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Third suspect arrested in killing, dismemberment of St. Paul man

Jacob Colt Johnson, 35, of Superior, Wisconsin, was charged Monday, Aug. 16, in Cook County District Court with second-degree murder-with intent, not premeditated in the death of Richard Balsimo. Johnson is being held in a jail in Douglas County, Wisconsin, on unrelated charges.

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Richard Anthony Balsimo
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ST. PAUL — A third suspect faces charges in connection with the fatal shooting and dismemberment of a St. Paul man whose remains were found in Lake Superior.

Jacob Colt Johnson, 35, of Superior, Wisconsin, was charged Monday, Aug. 16, in Cook County District Court with second-degree murder — with intent, not premeditated in the death of Richard Balsimo. Johnson currently is being held in the jail in Douglas County, Wisconsin, on unrelated charges.
Balsimo, 34, of St. Paul was killed on or around June 20, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. On July 15-16, Balsimo’s remains were found in Lake Superior near Grand Portage.
A woman told law enforcement about being in St. Paul for a baby shower, and said she was picked up by another woman, Johnson and a man later identified as Balsimo. In the vehicle, Balsimo and Johnson were arguing; Balsimo had a knife and held it to her and the female driver, the criminal complaint said of the woman’s account. She said she heard a loud noise come from Johnson, and she and the other woman jumped out of the car and ran.
Two others — Robert Thomas West, 41, of Duluth, and Tommi Lynn Hintz, 31, of Duluth — have been charged in Balsimo’s death.
West was charged on July 16 with aiding an offender and interference with a dead body. Hintz was charged on Aug. 11 with being an accomplice after the fact to felony murder and interference with a dead body.

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