Police in Minnesota have charged two boys, aged 15 and 16, in connection with the death of a 39-year-old Maple Grove man on June 11. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has filed a motion to have the boys certified as adults. The 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree. Charges against the 15-year-old will only be released if a judge certifies him as an adult. The pair also face burglary, auto theft, and eluding charges in connection with a subsequent incident.
Officers responded to the intersection of Tyler Street NE and 14th Avenue NE in Minneapolis at about 4:49 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting. Police say that the two boys wore bandanas to conceal their faces and approached a parked car with pistols drawn. The 16-year-old is said to have shot the man behind the wheel several times when he reached for an unidentified item. The driver attempted to flee the scene but crashed after covering only a short distance.
Bystanders and officers attempted to save the man's life, but he was pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital. According to media reports, police believe the teens wanted to rob the man and steal his car. The teens were apprehended a few hours later when police in New Hope new hope responded to a cell phone store burglary and spotted a vehicle that matched the description of a stolen car. The teens allegedly tried to flee, but they were taken into custody after crashing into a fence.
When given a set of facts like these in cases involving violent crimes, experienced criminal defense attorneys may scrutinize the evidence linking their clients to the events in question. This is especially true when eyewitness accounts are contradictory and the faces of the assailants were obscured.