MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The man suspected in the stabbing death of a Montevideo woman back in January has been indicted on murder charges in Chippewa County Court.

Authorities say Dark Jon Nelson was indicted Wednesday for first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder in connection with the Jan. 13 stabbing of Vinnesa Victoria Lozano outside the Pizza Ranch in Montevideo. Nelson was also indicted for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon against a witness who attempted to help the murder victim.

The charges came down after two days of testimony by investigators and witnesses. Police responded to the Pizza Ranch in Montevideo on the night of Jan. 13 on a report of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found Nelson standing over Lozano’s body and said she had been stabbed at least 30 times. Police told him to drop his knife, which he did, and he was arrested.

According to previous criminal charges filed in the case, Nelson stabbed Lozano with a hunting knife that he brought to work that day. The two both worked at the Pizza Ranch there.

Police later said Nelson was infatuated with Lozano and wanted a relationship with her, but she had turned down his advances towards her.

According to the criminal complaint, Nelson admitted to police officers that he killed her. He described himself as a “loner” who spent most of his time watching anime and collecting Japanese memorabilia, including swords.

Nelson told police Lozano was the “second dearest person to me,” but also said their interactions were one-sided. He said she had shunned him recently and he made the decision to kill her with his hunting knife if she “treated him badly” again.


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