UPDATE: Austin Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing Mom

February 23, 2018 07:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) - According to police, an Austin man has been charged with stabbing his mother and killing her last night.

Russell Allen Spoors, 34, was in court Friday, facing a charge of 2nd-degree murder.
According to Austin Police Chief Brian Kruger, “Officers responded to a 911 call for stabbing in the 400 block of 2nd Avenue southeast. “


According to a criminal complaint, Susan Spoors, 60, had taken her son Russell to the hospital earlier in the day, thinking he had overdosed. She ended up calling police later that night.  

When officers arrived at her home, Susan said she was scared to be alone with her son because he kept trying to take more of his medication and had threatened her saying, "Want me to pop you one?"

Police encouraged Susan to leave for the night and arranged a place for her to stay. However, she declined and said she would call if she needed anything. 

Minutes later, police responded to a call from her son Russell, saying Susan had stabbed herself.

Susan was transported to mayo clinic and later died.

Police say Russell eventually admitted to stabbing his mother multiple times after she refused to give him more of his medication.

Neighbors who ABC 6 spoke to say they didn't hear anything, almost if nothing had happened at all.

“It's crazy. I just got off work and I wasn't expecting this to happen. I thought it was just a sickness. Hearing that it's a stabbing, it's unbelievable,” next door neighbor Donte Love said.

Spoors is being held at the Mower County Jail with an unconditional bond of $500,000.


(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE: An Austin man is facing a charge of 2nd-Degree Murder - with intent- not premeditated after allegedly stabbing his mother Thursday night.

According to court documents, police had been to the home on the 400 block of 2nd Avenue SE earlier in the evening for a disturbance call.

An adult woman told officers that her 34-year-old son, identified as Russell Spoors, was repeatedly asking for his medication and that she was "scared" of him.

The woman told officers Spoors kept asking for his medication after being at the hospital that morning for what she suspected was an overdose.

Officers reported witnessing Spoors repeatedly asking for his medication, but noted he didn't appear to be upset or violent and that he would agree to take his medication in the morning when the victim told him "no."

The victim told officers that his behavior keeps her "up all night" and that she was afraid of him.

She told officers she has to hide his medication in her room and he sometimes goes through her stuff when she's not there, noting an incident where she found him in her room and he said, "You want me to pop you one?"

The victim also told officers that Spoors throws things and gets violent and she's afraid he will hurt her.

Police encouraged her to remove herself from the home for the night and arranged a place for her to stay.  

Court documents show she declined the offer saying she thought her son had calmed down and would just go to bed.

The police were called back to the house around 8:07 p.m. when Spoors called 911 saying the victim had stabbed herself with a 12-inch kitchen knife and was bleeding from the stomach.

When officers arrived the suspect immediately said, "She stabbed herself."  When asked why he said, "I don't know, she got a knife and it's in the mailbox outside the house.  She stabbed herself in the left side."

Police found the victim on a bed bleeding from her stomach.

Once again officers asked Spoors what happened and he said, "She stabbed herself."  He also told officers he didn't know why he put the knife in the mailbox.

When officers asked Spoors what the victim had done he said, "I don't know she came out with the knife [and] stabbed herself," that the stabbing happened in the living room and that, "I was chasing with, chasing with the knife."

An officer asked Spoors to explain what had happened and Spoors said he was leaving the kitchen with a knife in his hand and the victim was leaving her bedroom with a phone in her hand when the victim told him to "stop."  He then indicated that he stabbed the victim by making stabbing motions with his hand.
When asked why he had stabbed the victim he said, "So she stop grabbing knives from me anymore."

Spoors was arrested and taken to jail.

The victim was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin where she told a nurse that the suspect had stabbed her.

She was being treated for 3 stab wounds, one to her side, one to her stomach and one to her back when she died.

Friday morning a detective with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) interviewed Spoors who allegedly said after police left the first time he went to the victim's room and asked for his pills.

Spoors said the victim told him no and began to push and slap him.

He said he then went into the kitchen, grabbed 3 knives and went back to her room "to get my pills."  Saying he had the knives in case "she tried to attack me again."

Spoors said he was told to get out of her room and that she pushed him and hit him in the head causing him to fall backward, and that the victim ran back into the bedroom to get the phone.

Spoors said he followed her because he wanted his phone back and was told to "get out" and that the victim pushed him and said she was calling the police.  The suspect then said he tried to take the knives away from the victim.

When questioned about the consistency of his story Spoors said the victim took the knives from him and put him in a chokehold.  He said he was able to pry the knives out of her hand and stab her and told her to give him his pills.  

The victim told him to get out of her room, Spoors said he then placed her in a chokehold and started stabbing her, saying he knew he was killing her as he stabbed her.


Previous stories:

An Austin man is facing one 2nd-Degree murder- with intent- not premeditated charge after allegedly fatally stabbing his mother Thursday night.

The Austin Police Department identified the suspect as 34-year-old Rusell Spoors, and the victim, his mom, as 60-year-old Susan Spoors.

His next scheduled court appearance is on March 1.


Austin Police says a 60-year-old woman died at Mayo Clinic after she was stabbed Thursday night. Police say officers responded to a 911 call just after 10 p.m., to a location in the 400 block of 2nd Avenue SE. 

They say a suspect was also taken into custody. 

They plan on releasing the victim's identity after her next of kin have been notified. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting with the investigation. 

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