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Man to stand trial for death of ex-boyfriend at St. Paul area gas station

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — A 44-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial after authorities allege that he killed his ex-boyfriend and business partner at a suburban St. Paul gas station.

A judge found probable cause Friday for the case against Lyle "Ty" Hoffman to move to trial, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1vx8Jrb).

Hoffman also pleaded not guilty Friday to intentional second-degree murder in the shooting of 48-year-old Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station Aug. 11.

Hoffman eluded police for a month before being arrested Sept. 11. A witness spotted him outside a fast-food restaurant restaurant in Shakopee and called 911. He's also accused of robbing a bank in Blaine.

The pair had opened Lush Food Bar, a popular Minneapolis club, in 2009. Court documents described Phillips as the owner and Hoffman as the manager.

At some point after they broke up, Hoffman was fired and evicted from Phillips' Minneapolis residence, according to the charges.

Phillips, an attorney and top executive at Boston Scientific, became engaged to marry another man Aug. 11, 2013.

Exactly a year later, Phillips went to a gas station around 8:20 a.m., when witnesses heard arguing from the car, then saw Phillips run out.

A man later identified as Hoffman followed, shooting, according to the charges.

No date was set for his next hearing.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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PHOTO: FILE - This Sept. 10, 2014 file photo shows a wanted poster released by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office showing images of Lyle 'Ty" Hoffman, accused of killing his ex-boyfriend.  Hoffman pleaded not guilty Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 to intentional second-degree murder in the shooting of 48-year-old Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via The Star Tribune)

FILE - This Sept. 10, 2014 file photo shows a wanted poster released by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office showing images of Lyle 'Ty" Hoffman, accused of killing his ex-boyfriend. Hoffman pleaded not guilty Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 to intentional second-degree murder in the shooting of 48-year-old Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via The Star Tribune)

 

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