Over the last few days there has been a bit of a buzz over the homicide which occurred Sunday following the Packers/Bears game in Burnsville. Almost immediately rumors were spreading that a man was shot over the game itself. However, the Dakota County Criminal Complaint shows that it was actually over pictures taken by a teenage boy for the victim’s Facebook profile.
From the complaint:
During their investigation, the police took a statement from the female witness who was in the residence when the police arrived. She reported that she was a friend of the defendant, and the girlfriend of the victim. She reported that the defendant had called and invited her to come over on Sunday with her boyfriend to watch the football game. The witness reported that she had some things to do with her children, so she dropped off the victim, her boyfriend, at the defendant’s residence and left. She returned to the defendant’s residence shortly before the halftime of the Green Bay Packer game. When she arrived at the residence, the witness stated that the defendant and the victim were drinking straight vodka out of white coffee cups. She also added that another friend of the defendant showed up after she had arrived.
The witness stated that after the game had ended she noted that the 13-year-old son of the defendant came out of his bedroom with his new camera. She also saw that he had some pictures on his camera of the victim with his shirt off, doing body building poses. She said that the defendant saw those pictures and asked her what her boyfriend was doing in the other room having the defendant’s son take pictures of him. When the victim walked in from the garage, both the defendant and his girlfriend confronted the victim about the pictures. The victim said that he had the son take pictures because he wanted to post a new picture on his Face book page. Both the defendant and the victim’s girlfriend told the victim to leave. The witness stated that the victim began to yell at the defendant. The witness stated that the defendant had left the room and returned with a huge gun. She stated that the defendant told the victim to get out of the residence, but the victim started coming at the defendant. She said at that time the defendant pulled the trigger, and the shotgun blast hit the victim in the chest. The witness tried to put pressure on the victim’s chest to stop the bleeding, and called 911.
Obviously guns, alcohol, and the Packers going to the Superbowl are a bad combination but when you add in bodybuilding pictures taken by a teenage boy the mix is apparently deadly. Near the end of the complaint the defendant claims that after retrieving the gun the victim charged at him while swearing. I wonder if, in his altered state, he felt that this was somehow a threat which would permit a justifiable shooting–reducing it to manslaughter through provocation. What are your thoughts?