St. Paul Man Charged In Girlfriend’s Death

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A St. Paul man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 32-year-old woman.

Brent Lanier Lynch, 26, is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday for allegedly beating and killing Carolyn Marie Leete.

Police were dispatched to a home on the 850 block of Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul on a call of someone who needed CPR. Officers arrived on scene and found a woman, face up and partially clothed who was unresponsive and did not have a pulse. Police identified the woman as Leete and noted that her head was covered in blood that appeared to be coming from her nose, mouth and eyes. They pronounced her dead at the scene.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s investigation indicated Leete suffered several contusions to the back of her head and chin, as well as several lacerations to her lips and fractured nasal bones. They ruled her death from traumatic head injury due to physical assault.

A neighbor told police she went to check on Leete and was told by Lynch that he threw her on the bed but missed and she hit her head on the floor.

Brenda Lynch, Brent’s mother, said she received a call from her son around 3 a.m. She said he was upset because Leete allegedly let someone steal their vehicle. Brenda Lynch told officers she could tell her son had been drinking and said he gets crazy and terrifies her when he’s drunk. She said he and Leete had been dating for two or three years.

Officers searched the area and found Lynch walking towards a cab. They stopped the cab and placed Lynch under arrest. While waiting to enter the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, Lynch said, “it wasn’t supposed to go down like this. This wasn’t supposed to happen. It was the alcohol,” according to the criminal complaint.

Lynch has four prior felony convictions, including one for terroristic threats against his then pregnant girlfriend and terroristic threats against the same woman, shortly after she gave birth. He was also convicted of third-degree assault and criminal damage to property against a different victim.

  • jackactionhero

    Someone take this creep out of the gene pool already. What are you waiting for?

  • missy

    He must never be able to hurt another women. Carolyn was gently, kind, tender and about as fragile as they come. Do not offer this man a plea deal.

  • Nevermind

    Star-Trib is reporting that Lynch is 6′ 3″ and about 240 pounds and his victim was about 95 pounds and she died a violent death at his hands. What a tough guy, huh?

  • Kelly Hendershot

    Carolyn was tiny, if you hugged her too hard she would bruise. This just makes me sick.

    • what do you do

      @Kelly, what would she say to you when you questioned her abusive relationship? I know quite a few women who get beat and stay with the guy.

      • Kelly Hendershot

        Unfortunately, I was unaware that Carolyn was in an abusive relationship. I kick myself for not being a better friend and talking to her more often. When we last spoke in the fall she seemed to be in a good place. I hadn’t seen her in probably 4 or 5 years. Carolyn did believe there was good in everyone though, so I have to believe she saw something good in her killer that the rest of us missed. I also think she would not be happy with some of the racist comments that have been posted. Say what you will about her killer, I have nothing but unpleasant thoughts for him, but let’s not make this about race.

        • what do you do

          After my friends last beating, the guy went to prison. They have 2 kids, so she still has to deal with him. A family member was hit in the face by her boyfriend. He spent a few days in jail. He came out and put himself in treatment. He now has a college degree and a good job. It makes me sick what this guy did to your friend and all those other women.

  • missy

    I don’t understand why he’s not being charged with 1st degree murder?

    • Kelly Hendershot

      They probably don’t have enough evidence to prove it was premeditated

  • Frogtowner

    Based on Pioneer Press’s story, sounds like family might be trying to cover up for him, or knew something like this was going to happen. Why else would mother leave house at 3:00 am in the morning?

    • Larissa

      Because she(mom) knew he was going to beat her ass-Like he’d done to other women before. He knew he could get away with it there (unlike at other places where neighbors tend to call the police). At this place- which was an end unit of a townhouse the only neighbors were his relatives and his mom would clear out. Giving him free rein to do his worst. Believe me she wasn’t the only woman to face death there at his hands. I’m so angry the system failed to protect her.

  • frog

    It’s been a horrible year so far for children and mothers.helpless victims against violent black men.Rochester mn,north mpls,st.paul,and these crimes have been committed by african american men.violence needs to be dealt with harshily from our judicial system.i am nor racist but look at the brutal assaults thats been happening.

    • Larissa

      If you think that black men are the only men to abuse it’s because you are willfully blind.

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