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Man Already Imprisoned Charged In 1975 Murder

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(credit: Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater)

(credit: Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man who is already currently in prison now faces a murder charge in connection with a death that has gone unsolved since 1975.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced the charge against 61-year-old Michael John Husten.

Police say they never had enough evidence to pin the death of 24-year-old Roger Haugen — who was killed in February 1975 — on Husten, but always considered him a suspect.

Haugen was dropped off at Hennepin County Medical Center with a severe head injury. He died the next day. It was determined he had died as a result of a brain stem hemorrhage.

The county attorney said Husten admitted last year to being involved in a fight with Haugen and dropping a stereo receiver on his head. This corroborated with information from the original investigation.

Husten has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. He is currently being held in Stillwater prison for a different crime.

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