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Police officer who shot woman could face 2nd degree murder charge

The shooting death of a woman in Minnesota allegedly at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has prompted prosecutors to amend their original charges against the accused shooter. The male police officer had been previously charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but a motion filed by prosecutors requested an upgrade of charges to second-degree murder based on the probability that he intended to kill her when he discharged his weapon.

Man who claimed self-defense charged with murder

A 29-year-old Minnesota man who admitted to police that he shot and killed an acquaintance has been charged with murder in the second degree without intent according to court documents released on Nov. 16. The man is also facing a felony firearms charge. The charges stem from an incident that took place on the afternoon of Nov. 13 in Audubon.

Minnesota man facing homicide charge opts for bench trial

A 20-year-old Minnesota man who is facing first-degree murder charges has decided to waive his right to a jury trial. The man made his decision during an Oct. 29 hearing according to media accounts. His trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 6. The man faces the prospect of life in prison for his alleged role in the death of a University of Minnesota student who was shot to death in February 2017.

3 relatives of Minnesota woman accused of killing her neighbor

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.

Minnesota man charged for death of girlfriend

Authorities in Dakota County have filed a charge of second-degree murder against a man who had been the boyfriend of a 41-year-old woman from Burnsville. She had gone missing in November 2017 until a fisherman discovered her body this April near a bridge in Burnsville at Interstate 35W. The medical examiner in Hennepin County declared the woman's death a homicide. Her injuries indicated blunt force trauma to the right side of her face.

Minnesota man charged with attempting to murder a witness

Federal law enforcement authorities with the U.S. Attorney's Office report that a 29-year-old Fond du Lac man was arraigned on several charges after he allegedly attempted to murder another person for testifying in a court proceeding. The man was arraigned on Aug. 24 in U.S. District Court.

Man accused of killing prison guard awaits grand jury indictment

A male inmate accused of killing a corrections officer at a Stillwater prison on July 18 could face first-degree murder charges from prosecutors. The 42-year-old defendant appeared for a brief hearing on Aug. 3 at the Washington County District Court where he has already been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault.

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