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Babbitt man charged with murdering house guest

VIRGINIA, Minn. - A 24-year-old Babbitt man was formally charged Thursday in the killing of a Mahtomedi man. Shawn Russel Doherty was charged in State District Court in Virginia with second-degree murder in the death Monday of Paul John Bulen, 55...

VIRGINIA, Minn. - A 24-year-old Babbitt man was formally charged Thursday in the killing of a Mahtomedi man.

Shawn Russel Doherty was charged in State District Court in Virginia with second-degree murder in the death Monday of Paul John Bulen, 55.

Judge Gary Pagliaccetti set Doherty's bail at $1 million and granted an application for a public defender.

Pagliaccetti also ordered that Doherty undergo a competency evaluation before the case proceeds.

Authorities said Bulen, a guest in Doherty's home, was found dead just after 11 a.m. Monday outside the home.

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An autopsy performed by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office in Hibbing showed the cause of death was manual strangulation resulting in suffocation.

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