Alexis Saborit now charged with first degree murder in beheading girlfriend – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man previously charged with second degree murder accused of beheading his girlfriend in Shakopee also faces a more serious charge.
Alexis Saborit was charged Friday with one count of first degree murder, in addition to his original charge.
On July 28, police were called with a reported stabbing on Fourth Avenue and Spencer Street in Shakopee. They found America Thayer, 55, beheaded at the scene.
Several witnesses told police they saw a man attacking a woman inside a car, then removing her body from the vehicle and walking away.
Saborit was arrested shortly after. According to a criminal complaint, officers at the scene knew Thayer well and knew Saborit as her boyfriend. He also matched descriptions of the suspect by witnesses.
In an interview with police after Miranda, Saborit said he and the victim were traveling together to his court appearance before the incident. Police said he told them he attacked her when she said she wanted to end their relationship.
If found guilty, Saborit could be sentenced to life in prison.
The police encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to seek help. They can call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Violence Free Minnesota also has resources.