Eden Prairie man charged with two counts of murder in deaths of his parents

Eden Prairie police officers found Robert and Debra Lehman dead in their Eden Prairie home May 25. (Sun Current photo by Jack Bluhm)

A 38-year-old Eden Prairie man, Nathan Thomas Lehman, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his parents, according to a May 26 release from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

The charges came the day after Robert John Lehman, 58, and Debra Lee Lehman, 57, were found dead the morning of May 25 at their home, located at 6770 Woodhill Trail in Eden Prairie. They were found by officers from the Eden Prairie Police Department, who were sent to the home on a welfare check when Robert Lehman did not report for work.

Releases from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner attribute both deaths to “multiple sharp force injuries,” and noted the manner of death as “homicide.” Nathan Lehman told police that he had stabbed both of his parents multiple times with a screwdriver, the report notes.

A neighbor heard a loud muffler around 2 a.m. the morning of May 25, and saw Nathan Lehman park his vehicle in his parents’ driveway and enter the home, according to the report. The neighbor’s account notes that Lehman, after no more than 30 minutes at the home, drove away without turning on the vehicle’s headlights.

Nathan Lehman was apprehended in the city of Buffalo later in the day, according to the criminal complaint. It notes that he “made many statements, some coherent and some not,” after being apprehended. Among those statements was an admission that he had been high on methamphetamine that morning.

The release noted that Nathan Lehman “has a history of mental health and methamphetamine addiction problems,” later reporting that he had moved back into his parents’ house, but was not following orders from his mental health caseworkers.

The report notes that his parents had reported him missing May 8, and had not seen him for several weeks. That document also notes that Nathan Lehman had a history of prior police contacts for domestic assault against his parents, chemical dependency and mental health issues.

Final autopsy results have not been released. The felony charges against Nathan Lehman carry a combined maximum sentence of 80 years in prison. He is expected to make his first court appearance on May 30.