He then sped away from their house with their two other children, police said. The victim’s sister, who ran out to dial 911, saw her “lying inside on the floor with a knife protruding from her body,”
investigators said. Savenok turned himself in hours later at a hospital in St. Paul.
His wife, who police said he had assaulted last August, died from 12 stab wounds, according to her autopsy. The pair’s expected baby boy died from premature birth following an emergency cesarean section at a hospital.
The murder followed a “turbulent domestic history” between Savenok and his wife, investigators said.
Luba Savenok received an order of protection against him in the past after reporting his abusive behavior, and he was set to go to trial on domestic assault charges in an Aug. 21 incident.
Savenok admitted he had killed his wife and fled with the two kids, throwing his cell phone out of the car to avoid tracking, investigators said. A neighbor named Johnnie Nguyen told WCCO-TV Savenok was “just walking right out, very normal” before he drove away.
Luba Savenok was about to take custody of their 4-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter and her husband decided killing her would be “probably like my only way out,” investigators said he told them in an interview.