ROCHESTER, Minn.- Long Vang, 34, has been charged with third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and stalking in connection with his partner’s suicide.
Officials say years of mental and physical abuse allegedly contributed to her death.
Investigators say Vang’s partner, Jessica Haban, 28, was subjected to increasing levels of domestic abuse and suffered a traumatic brain injury approximately six months before she died.
She also received in-patient mental health treatment in the months leading up to her death.
Prosecutors state that Vang pressured her to leave the treatment facility, which she did.
She committed suicide in her home three days later.
Executive director Liz Richards of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Woman said it’s the first case in Minnesota that her organization is aware of “where a prosecutor actually charged when it’s clearly been ruled a suicide.”