LoVan pleads not guilty in murder case
WORTHINGTON -- Chim LoVan, Worthington, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges stemming from a June 19 incident. LoVan is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Blue Thyboualoy, who later died from his injuries.
WORTHINGTON - Chim LoVan, Worthington, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges stemming from a June 19 incident. LoVan is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Blue Thyboualoy, who later died from his injuries.
Court documents state that during the alleged attack, Thyboualoy was stabbed twice, once in the abdomen and once in the arm, in an altercation over money.
Thyboualoy administered first aid to himself following the attack but did not seek professional medical help until the following evening. He later died during surgery on his abdominal wound.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined the cause of Thyboualoy’s death as multiple stab wounds.
During his treatment at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, Thyboualoy continued to identify his attacker as “Monkey,” a known nickname of LoVan. Law enforcement officers met later with LoVan, who indicated Thyboualoy had called him a racial slur, but that he hadn’t assaulted anyone.
On Wednesday afternoon, LoVan pleaded not guilty on second-degree murder and second-degree assault charges. Judge Terry Vajgrt met with Nobles County Attorney Kathleen Kusz and defense counsel Louis Kuchera in chambers prior to the hearing to discuss potential trial dates. LoVan has requested a jury trial that is tentatively scheduled for January 2016.
LoVan is currently being held in the Nobles County Jail on a $1 million bond with conditions.
If convicted, LoVan faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.