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Suspect in 2015 artist murder case to be tried as an adult

Police in Minnesota have charged a man with the 2015 murder of a popular artist. The defendant was only 14 years of age when he allegedly committed the crime. A Hennepin County judge ruled on Nov. 20 that he will be tried as an adult. Detectives have not been able to identify a motive for the crime, but they have discovered that the man was living next door to the victim when she was killed.

The investigation into the artist's murder was an open cold case when the man was linked to the crime after being taken into custody on an unrelated felony charge. The man's fingerprints and DNA allegedly match forensic samples collected at the Twin Cities crime scene.

Minneapolis has its share of crime such as burglary, assault

The crime rate in the Minneapolis area has increased, and parts of the city do not have sufficient police protection.

You would think that the violence mostly occurs in neighborhoods or certain downtown locations. But let us imagine that law enforcement charged you with assaulting another visitor at the National River & Recreation Park. What happens now?

Murder charge for man who told nurse he killed woman

As suspicions swirled around a 34-year-old Minnesota man, he allegedly told a nurse at the Aitkin County Jail that he might have killed a woman. Court filings provided during his appearance in Aitkin County District Court, where he was charged with second-degree murder, stated that authorities had initially arrested him for violating probation while they investigated the disappearance of a 35-year-old woman from Outing. A text message between the missing woman and the man showed that they had been in contact.

Court documents indicate that the two people apparently met through a dating app. When police approached the man, he admitted that they had sex but said that she had left after the date. He gave law enforcement permission to search his home. Police reported finding women's clothing that family members later confirmed as belonging to the missing woman.

Minnesota man sentenced for execution-style killing

A 19-year-old Minnesota man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the execution-style killing of an Iron Range resident in January. The Saint Louis County resident, who originally denied committing the murder, pleaded guilty to a homicide in the first degree charge in September. Prosecutors say the killing took place during an aggravated robbery. He will be eligible for parole in 30 years. The judge also ordered him to pay $6,000 in restitution to the 33-year-old victim's family. He will be given credit for the 10 months he has already spent in custody.

The victim's body was discovered on a snowmobile trail near Kerr. Police responded to the scene after a snowmobiler called 911 to report the body. Medical examiners determined that the victim died after being shot twice in the face. The man is said to have become enraged when he learned that the victim had made advances toward his 18-year-old girlfriend. The man's girlfriend and a 21-year-old male acquaintance have also been charged in connection with the crime. The girlfriend, who is also charged with first-degree murder, is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14. She has yet to enter a plea. The 21-year-old alleged accomplice has withdrawn a guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge.

Minnesota man charged with murder and assault

A 22-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with murder in the second degree and assault with a deadly weapon in the second degree in connection with a series of events that left one man dead and another badly injured on the evening of Oct. 9. The man was apprehended at an airport in Connecticut according to media reports. Prosecutors claim that he was attempting to leave the country. The man faces up to 47 years in prison if he is convicted on both counts.

The events began at about 6:30 p.m. when the Minneapolis Police Department received several reports of gunfire outside an apartment complex on East Franklin Avenue. Officers arriving at the scene say they discovered a man who appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital by paramedics. Police subsequently interviewed a man who had been shot in the leg on Riverside Boulevard. Officers say he was able to identify his assailant. His injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

Man says intoxication blocked memory of killing his friend

A statement from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office indicates that a 63-year-old man from Hopkins has entered a guilty plea on charges that he killed his 66-year-old friend in March 2019. When speaking in court, the defendant said that he used a mix of drugs, alcohol and prescription medication the day that his friend died and cannot recall stabbing the man.

Police responded to the apartment building where the men were staying after residents reported a blood-covered man wandering around with a bloody knife. Police reported finding the victim stabbed to death in his apartment. The suspect had passed out with the apparent murder weapon at his feet. The suspect spoke strangely about spirits and ghosts when police took him into custody. When tested for alcohol intoxication, the man had a blood alcohol concentration of .18. He had also allegedly consumed marijuana gummies and prescription medication.

Survey finds rapes, sexual assaults increased in 2018

Minnesota readers might be concerned to learn that the number of Americans who say they were victims of rape and sexual assault nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018, according to an annual survey. The study was conducted by the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The 2018 National Crime Victimization Survey, which was published on Sept. 10, polled approximately 240,000 Americans from around 150,000 households to find out if they had been the victims of any crimes, either reported or unreported. The survey serves as a valuable contrast to the annual FBI crime report, which only includes crimes reported to the police. It found that the rate of people reporting that they had been raped or sexually assaulted jumped from 1.4 per 1000 in 2017 to 2.7 per 1000 in 2018. According to independent analysts, the spike is statistically significant. However, no one is sure whether the jump reflects an actual increase in the number of crimes, an increase in the reporting of crimes, or a mixture of both.

Debunking white-collar crime myths

White-collar crimes occur constantly and in various ways. However, many people tend not to fully understand them or the seriousness of their nature.

Knowing the truth about this specific type of criminal charge is important when facing it. Similarly, understanding a few of the common myths about white-collar crimes may be beneficial, as well.

Minnesota man wanted for murder apprehended in Mexico

A 22-year-old man who was being sought by police in Minnesota in connection with a double homicide was taken into custody in Mexico on Aug. 24. According to media reports, Mexican police apprehended the man in a Cancun hotel room. He is said to have told the Todd County Sheriff's Office that he planned to turn himself in. Mexican authorities say that they plan to hand the man over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for transport back to Minnesota.

The Todd County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for the man for the alleged murder of his parents. The couple was found in a Long Prairie home on Aug. 21. They both died of multiple gunshot wounds. Police say the man's car was left at the scene, and an empty gun box and handgun ammunition was found inside the vehicle. The man is said to have told counselors at a mental health facility where he was being treated for an undisclosed condition that he was thinking about killing his parents.

Man charged in Minnesota stabbing death

A 23-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree in connection with the stabbing death of a 37-year-old woman. Charges of intentional second degree murder and second degree murder while committing second degree assault were filed against the man on Aug. 13. Each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

The facts of the case, according to news reports, are that the man was at the home of the woman, along with the woman's stepfather and a few other people. At some point, the man and the stepfather began playfighting. The woman left the house after the playfighting became more violent, with her stepfather head-butting the man after the latter had punched him. Some time after she left the house, the man came outside and the woman pushed him.

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