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.
The man was tracked to Mexico by charges made using his deceased mother's credit and debit cards in Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. Police say that he left his mother's car in Columbus after buying a plane ticket to Cancun. The man's father was a former football player who spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints during a career that spanned 11 seasons. The man's motive remains unclear.
When presented with facts like these, experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to have their clients examined by qualified mental health experts. Attorneys might then approach prosecutors with the results of this evaluation to determine the best way to proceed. Prosecutors in homicide cases are under great pressure to secure a conviction, and they may be willing to enter plea negotiations to avoid the risk of arguing about mental incapacity in front of a jury.