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Ax-murder leads to homicide charges for Minnesota man

| Sep 7, 2017 | Violent Crimes

Minneapolis residents may be interested in knowing about an alleged homicide case that is unfolding west of the Twin City area. News sources say that a 24-year-old man is facing a second-degree murder charge following the deadly incident, which occurred in Hopkins on August 25. According to reports, the criminal complaint was filed in Hennepin County on August 28.

Shortly after the incident took place, police responded to a home in the 200 block of 10th Avenue, where they found a 67-year-old decedent with a number of wounds to his head and back lying in his front yard. The man’s wife, who is believed to have witnessed the alleged attack, claims that the charged man broke into her home and pulled her husband onto the floor of the living room before pulling him outside. Reports indicate that the charged man was swinging an ax-like tool during the attack.

A second witness, a renter in the home, told investigators that he heard the confrontation in the house and yard and then watched the charged man leave the property on foot. A K-9 unit subsequently tracked the man to a house in the 300 block of Ninth Avenue. Police found the tool with the charged man’s name etched into its handle in a closet during a search of the home. The decedent had a restraining order in effect against the charged man at the time of the alleged attack.

In this case, a conviction could have serious, life-altering consequences. Minneapolis residents who find themselves facing homicide charges under similar circumstances might best protect their interests by immediately retaining a criminal defense attorney to help them navigate the legal process. Dependent upon the unique facts of each individual case, the attorney could negotiate with the prosecution for lesser charges or possibly achieve a dismissal in some situations.