Two men and one woman related to an elderly Rochester woman have been jailed on charges related to the shooting death of a 38-year-old man who lived next door to her. The local police captain said that detectives suspect that the woman's relatives believed that the victim had caused the elderly woman's medical emergency. They apparently left St. Marys Hospital, where the woman received treatment, about one hour before they allegedly took part in the homicide.
One of the suspects, a 34-year-old woman, was recorded on a security camera in a convenience store where she bought plastic bags. Detectives claim that the 27-year-old male suspect used the bags to cover his feet and hands when he allegedly shot the man at his residence in Bob's Trailer Park located on Marion Road Southeast. A third man, age 20, supposedly drove the car that transported the accused shooter to the location.
Their elderly relative has been discharged from the hospital and returned home. She said that her deceased neighbor helped her when she had a medical crisis. Authorities in Blue Earth County are holding the alleged driver on criminal charges from a different case. The other man and woman have been arrested in Olmsted County and charged with second-degree murder. The court set their bail at $2 million and $500,000 respectively.
Any person facing violent crime charges has a right to consult an attorney before entering a plea. An attorney could examine the evidence and offer insights to help the person choose between a trial or plea bargain. An attorney could strive to counteract aggressive prosecution by challenging weak evidence, seeking reduced charges or arguing for an acquittal at trial.
Source: KROC AM, "ROCHESTER MAN'S ASSISTANCE TO ELDERLY NEIGHBOR LED TO HIS MURDER", Andy Brownell, Oct. 1, 2018