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Bena Homicide Arrest

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:21 AM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unresponsive adult female at residence in the City of Bena, MN. Responders arrived and determined the adult female to be deceased.

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the victim of the death investigation has been identified as Joy Marie Matthews, age 54, of Bena MN. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death as homicide due to multiple stab wounds.  

On Tuesday, November 27th 2018 at 7:57 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of an out of control individual outside the Big Winnie Bar in Bena, MN. Deputies arrived and learned that Thomas Wayne Matthews, age 34, of Bena MN was being restrained by several individuals after attacking and assaulting several patrons outside the establishment.

Matthews was arrested in connection with the assault on November 27th and the homicide on November 28th.  He is currently in custody at the Cass County Jail, pending formal charges.  The investigation has revealed that the victim in the homicide is the mother to Thomas Matthews.  The investigation continues.