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Charge: Woman in Bloomington sober living quarters was drunk when she killed roommate

May 10, 2018 GMT

A resident in a Bloomington apartment for recovering alcoholics was drunk when she strangled and bludgeoned her roommate because she believed the woman ratted her out for drinking, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Donna M. Bastyr, 46, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder and remains held in lieu of $1 million bail ahead of a Thursday court appearance.

Corrine L. Gibbs, 69, was found dead by a third roommate about 8 p.m. Sunday in one of the Southgate Apartments in the 8100 block of 12th Avenue S.

Police located Gibbs body in a bedroom, and she had numerous bloodied injuries to her head and face, and an electrical cord wrapped around her neck, according to the charges. Near the body were a dumbbell and a ceramic bowl with blood on them, the court filing continued. The autopsy also revealed numerous broken ribs and bruised arms.

Authorities were alerted to Bastyrs whereabouts soon after the body was discovered a few blocks away, where she was arguing with someone at another sober living complex, the complaint read. A scraped and bruised Bastyr gave various accounts for her whereabouts and activities that day, the court filing added.

Police interviewed a man who was in touch with Bastyr on the day of the killing and described her as extremely intoxicated. The man said that Bastyr promised that Gibbs was going to get hers, the complaint read.

The man told police that after he picked up Bastyr later that night, she revealed that she had killed Gibbs.

Bastyr was angry with Gibbs because she believed the roommate had reported [her] for drinking at the sober house and ... believed she was going to get kicked out of the program.

Bastyrs criminal history includes three drunken-driving convictions. In one case, her blood alcohol content was .307 percent, and another the reading was .268 percent, both more than three times the legal limit in Minnesota.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482