Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Dale Morris Nyren, DOB 7/29/1938, was charged today in Stearns County District Court with Murder in the 2nd 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. On February 24, 2009, 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, 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 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 presently remains in the Stearns County jail. His next court date is set for March 10, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. before The Honorable Paul Widick.