Tricounty News

South Haven man charged with wife's murder

One week ago, Tuesday, Feb. 24, Dale Nyren called 9-1-1 stating that he had shot his wife Sharon. Despite the attempts of medical and law enforcement responders, Sharon died shortly after being airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dale was taken to the Stearns County jail Tuesday afternoon, and Thursday he was charged with murder in the second degree in the shooting death of his wife. The Honorable Kris Davick-Halfen set Nyren's bail at $750,000 without conditions, and $500,000 with conditions (including remaining law-abiding, abstaining from alcohol, not possessing firearms, and remaining in Minnesota). Here are the details of the case, as released by the Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, at approximately 1:18 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff's Office responded to the 2000 block of Bayberry Road in Fairhaven Township for a gunshot complaint. Dispatch advised that a male resident, later fully identified as Dale Morris Nyren, had shot his wife twice. Upon arrival, officers located the apparent murder weapon-a.22-caliber revolver-along with four spent shell casings and a box of ammunition on the couch near the gun. Across the room, officers found the victim with a wound to her head and blood around her knee. The victim was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 4:12 p.m. Detectives spoke with the defendant who admitted being in an argument with the victim. The defendant stated that he shot her first in the knee and then, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes later, shot her in the head. The defendant claimed he acted in self-defense, although he acknowledged that the victim had remained seated throughout the shootings. Officers discovered several bullet holes in the wall above the victim. Some appeared to have been repaired. Nyren remains in the Stearns County jail. His next court date is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, before The Honorable Paul Widick. Memorial services for Sharon will be held Thursday, March 5, in Annandale.