Duluth man charged in fatal stabbing of wife

A Duluth man allegedly told police he "lost it" and "just started stabbing" his wife during an argument that came hours after she told him she wanted a divorce.

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Ryan Richard Jazdzewski
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A Duluth man allegedly told police he "lost it" and "just started stabbing" his wife during an argument that came hours after she told him she wanted a divorce.

Ryan Richard Jazdzewski, 40, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in Sunday's slaying of 41-year-old Nicole Jazdewski at the couple's Chester Park home.

Authorities said Jazdzewski described getting into a "horrible fight" with his wife and taking a knife that she had grabbed for self-defense. He told police he stabbed Nicole Jazdzewski approximately 10 or 12 times, according to a criminal complaint.

Jazdzewski was charged by warrant late Monday and booked into the St. Louis County Jail on Tuesday morning after receiving treatment at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center. He is expected to be arraigned in State District Court on Wednesday.

According to the complaint:


The Duluth Police Department was dispatched to the residence, 818 Chester Park Drive, for a report of an assault at 8:23 p.m. Sunday. It was reported that a young girl was covered in blood and asking for help.

Officer Rob Hurst first encountered the couple's 7-year-old daughter, who was described as having blood "all over" her clothing, arms and legs. Hurst asked the girl to come with him, and Ryan Jazdzewski, also covered in blood, followed her out the door.

The girl ran back to her father and stated, "Don't kill him." The child told Hurst that her mom and dad had been fighting, twice telling the officer that "she is dead."

Hurst and fellow officer Pat McCormick entered the residence and found Nicole Jazdzewski lying on her back in the kitchen. They noted she appeared to have suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso, and there was a "large amount of blood" throughout the kitchen.

Nicole Jazdzewski was transported to St. Luke's hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m.

The couple's other children were removed from the residence and Ryan Jazdzewski was taken to St. Mary's for treatment of injuries to his finger and forearm.

In a hospital interview, the defendant allegedly detailed the incident to investigators, stating, "I killed her." Jazdzewski mentioned that he had turned 40 on Thursday and that Nicole Jazdzewski had informed him earlier in the day Sunday that she wanted a divorce.

Ryan Jazdzewski said he spent the day drinking beers, doing artwork and playing with his kids. He said he was ignoring his wife because he "didn't know what to say."


Ryan Jazdzewski reported that he was preparing to go to bed when they got into a verbal argument. He said Nicole Jazdzewski tried to grab her phone and retreated to the kitchen, picking up the knife for self-defense. He stated that the altercation "escalated" and he wrestled away the knife.

"I just started stabbing her," the defendant allegedly told investigators, providing physical gestures indicating how the assault occurred.

Ryan Jazdzewski stated he didn't believe his wife was going to use the knife, but he took it from her to prevent her from calling 911. He acknowledged that his daughter was in the room at the time, and that he only stopped when she said, "Don't kill mom."

The defendant added that he called his mother before police arrived, telling her, "Mom, I think I killed my wife."

The Jazdzewskis had been married since 2010. A check of court records shows that Ryan Jazdewski's only prior criminal convictions are for drunken driving and other alcohol-related infractions.

Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or
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