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Cannon Falls man charged with attempted murder

A Cannon Falls man was charged with two counts of first-degree premeditated attempted murder and two counts of second-degree premeditated attempted murder, according to a criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court Wednesday.

Lee David McNamara, 35, also was charged with two counts of second-degree assault. All charges filed against McNamara are felonies.

According to the complaint:

Authorities received multiple reports of a fight at a residence in Stanton Township Monday shortly before 5 p.m. and when officers arrived, they found a male in the fetal position on the front porch of the residence covered in blood.

The man was later identified as David McNamara, Lee McNamara’s father.

Authorities took Lee McNamara into custody and questioned David McNamara, who was going in and out of consciousness.

Authorities questioned multiple witnesses to the event who gave similar accounts of the events.

Witnesses stated they heard noises and saw Lee McNamara hitting David McNamara multiple times with a baseball bat, which was recovered on the scene.

Another witness said he saw Lee McNamara shoot an arrow at David McNamara and Michael McNamara — Lee McNamara’s cousin, who was also at the residence.  

Sheriff’s deputies observed blood on the interior of the house on the floor, walls and cabinets, and furniture was tossed about.

Michael McNamara told authorities he was at David McNamara’s house working on his boat when he saw Lee McNamara by the side of the house with a compound bow. Lee McNamara fired an arrow in their direction and Michael McNamara said Lee McNamara said, “It’s time to meet your makers,” and “you’re going to die.”

David McNamara said the arrow missed him by “four to five inches,” and he thought he might be “beaten to death.”

After Lee McNamara was taken into custody, he suffered a seizure and was taken to the hospital.

All four attempted murder charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon-substantial bodily harm carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

Lee McNamara made his first appearance in court Friday.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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