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Published February 06, 2014, 05:50 PM

Murders committed by women found to be very rare in North Dakota

An unusual murder case is gaining attention across North Dakota. On Monday, a 60-year-old Finley woman allegedly killed her 66-year-old husband. Police say there was no history of domestic violence in the home.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

An unusual murder case is gaining attention across North Dakota. On Monday, a 60-year-old Finley woman allegedly killed her 66-year-old husband. Police say there was no history of domestic violence in the home.

According to a police affidavit, Sherry Midstokke admitted to the murder, but there are still many unanswered questions. Officers received a 911 call around 7:30 Monday morning from Sherry Midstokke, she allegedly told police she was coming home from work when she found her husband, Lyle Midstokke dead in their bedroom. Upon further investigation police determined Lyle died of a suspicious nature and Sherry was arrested.

These types of cases are rare, WDAZ investigated further and according to records from the North Dakota Attorney General, murder or non-negligent manslaughter is rarely carried out by women in the state

From 2003 to 2012, there were 114 reported murder cases and of those only 13 of them were carried out by women. 2004 was the last recorded murder we found in the state where a woman killed her husband. It happened in Walsh County.

Funeral arrangements for Lyle Midstokke will be held at 10:30 AM on February 15 at the Evangelical Lutheran church in Finley.

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