Elaina Meachum, 40
MN, Moran Lake
Elaina died of asphyxiation. She was found with bruise marks on her body, lying face down in a lake behind her home. Officers found blood smears in the entryway of her home and around the house. Her boyfriend, Richard Deming, 41, was charged with second-degree murder.
The two had been living together for some time prior to her death. Acquaintances said they frequently saw bruises on Elaina's arms. Richard Deming was described by acquaintances as "mellow, mild-mannered, polite," and "real quiet." A co-worker said, "He's always been very rational, well-educated and intelligent." Deming had worked at a Park Rapids hospital as a home health aide and as a nurse technician.
In November, Deming pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the asphyxiation of Elaina, and in December he was sentenced to 25 ½ years in prison. He will serve 17 ½ years before he is eligible for parole
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