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Minnesota man, 38, accused of fatally stabbing parents with screwdriver

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A 38-year-old man with a history of mental health and drug problems is suspected of fatally stabbing his parents with a screwdriver at their Eden Prairie home this week.

Nathan Lehman, of Eden Prairie, was charged Friday with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Robert and Debra Lehman at their home.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Hennepin County attorney’s office:

Eden Prairie police were sent to the Lehman home about 7 a.m. Thursday when Robert Lehman did not show up for work. Police found the couple dead in an upstairs bathroom. They had suffered apparent stab wounds and other injuries.

About five hours earlier, a neighbor had seen Nathan Lehman park his car in his parents’ driveway and go into the home. Less than 30 minutes later, the neighbor saw Lehman drive away with his headlights turned off.

Lehman was arrested later Thursday in Buffalo, Minn. Police found bloody clothes in his car’s trunk, blood in the car’s interior and a hatchet with traces of blood on it.

Methamphetamine was also found; Lehman had a history of meth addiction, authorities said.

Lehman told police he went into his parents’ house and found his mother in the bathroom and began stabbing her with a screwdriver. His father intervened, and Lehman stabbed him, too. Lehman told police he tossed two screwdrivers from his car sometime after leaving the house.

According to the complaint, Lehman had been living at home but not following the orders of his mental health caseworkers. He left home in late April or early May and was reported missing by his parents on May 8.

Final autopsy reports have not been completed, but the Lehmans’ injuries were consistent with being stabbed with a screwdriver.

Nathan Lehman is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.

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