Indictment for First-Degree Murder in Bloomington Stabbing Case

Adam Roring, 44, accused of fatally stabbing 74-year-old Mark Novak and injuring his 72-year-old wife in their Bloomington home, has been indicted on first-degree murder charges. Initially charged with second-degree murder, Roring now faces additional charges of premeditated first-degree murder, attempted premeditated first-degree murder, and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

The incident took place on August 24 at the Novak residence on 105th Street West in Bloomington. Responding to a call, police found Novak’s wife with extensive injuries and Novak with a severe laceration to his throat. Despite medical efforts, Novak succumbed to his injuries.

According to the victim, she and her husband were attacked by a man wielding an unknown object. A subsequent search warrant revealed a large chef’s knife in the kitchen and a blood-like substance around the home. The woman identified Roring, a relative, as the assailant.

Upon arrival, authorities observed Roring fleeing the scene through the basement window. He was apprehended with blood-like substances on his clothes, gloves, a metal bar, and a partial nunchuck.

Roring claimed he entered the house to return a key and encountered an armed intruder. Prosecutors, seeking aggravated sentencing, argue the victims were vulnerable and subjected to “particular cruelty.”

If convicted on the elevated charges, Roring faces life imprisonment, compared to a maximum of 40 years for second-degree murder. The judge raised Roring’s bail to $2 million after the indictment, and he is scheduled to appear in court on January 27, 2004.


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