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January 10, 2013

Man once jailed in cop-killing accused in stalking

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ST. CLOUD —

The complaint says Larson sent his ex-girlfriend four emails saying he saw her vehicle at a Maple Lake bar the night Decker was killed. The complaint doesn't say what time he supposedly saw her vehicle. Maple Lake is about 25 miles southeast of Cold Spring.

Larson told the Times he was nowhere near the Maple Lake bar that night and said he had not communicated with his ex-girlfriend since she took out a restraining order on Aug. 21.

But the complaint says Larson's contacts with the former girlfriend continued into this month and involved prank calls and text messages, including a message Larson allegedly sent her (backslash)Friday alerting her to breaking news in the Decker case. That was the day investigators announced that the shotgun that killed Decker had been found and that a "person of interest," Eric Joseph Thomes, 31, of rural Cold Spring, killed himself when investigators went to his residence to question him earlier last week. Authorities have stopped short of calling Thomes a suspect, and the investigation into Decker's slaying continues.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

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