Man charged in Minneapolis’s first apparent homicide of 2012

A witness has told police that while he and three other men were smoking methamphetamine earlier this month, one man pulled out a gun and shot another man and shot at the third individual before fleeing to another hotel. Police subsequently arrested a 33-year-old man and have charged him with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder after the individual who had been shot died. If the 33-year-old receives a felony conviction, he could be facing considerable time in prison.

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The 33-year-old that has been charged with murder seems to have become the focus of police attention after a room of meth-influenced witnesses claimed he was the one that shot another drug user. It is unknown, however, if police have any other evidence from possibly more credible witnesses that link this man to the incident. Although the suspect allegedly told police that he shot at the two men, it is unknown under what conditions the man was interrogated and whether he really knew his right to silence before he waived it.

According to the compliant, the suspect shot at the two men after they were talking about things that made him nervous.

The Pioneer Press reports that this incident is the first homicide in Minneapolis this year.

Source: Pioneer Press, “Man charged in shooting death at Minneapolis hotel,” Brady Gervais, Feb. 14, 2012

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