Woman pleads guilty in beheading death of Hibbing man; second defendant pleads not guilty
A 23-year-old Grand Rapids woman pleaded guilty Friday in State District Court in Grand Rapids in the stabbing and beheading death of a Hibbing man last June.
In exchange for a guilty plea to a count of second-degree murder and her future testimony, Kayleene Danielle Greniger avoided facing trial on a first-degree murder charge, which comes with the potential for life in prison.
Greniger and her boyfriend, Joseph Christen Thoresen, 36, of Grand Rapids, were indicted on first-degree murder charges in October in connection with the death of David Haiman, 20, of Hibbing.
The indictments were based on allegations that Greniger and Thoresen assaulted Haiman at their apartment, kidnapped him and later assaulted him again with a baseball bat, knife and machete, causing his death. Charging documents allege that Haiman was assaulted and killed in retaliation for allegedly sexually assaulting Greniger.