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Amir Locke’s cousin pleads guilty in the St. Paul massacre resulting in a search warrant

An 18-year-old pleaded guilty Friday to the murder of a 38-year-old man on St. Paul Street, in a case that led to police issuing a search warrant in Minneapolis and an officer fatally shooting Amir Locke.

Locks’ cousin Mekhi Speed ​​answered questions from a prosecutor and his lawyer during the hearing on Friday. But the family of the man who died – Otis R. Elder – said they do not believe justice is being served.

Otis R. Elder (courtesy of the family)

Otis Elder’s sister Motika Elder said, “My brother’s life was much more important than killing him on some weed and I feel like they’re not really taking it seriously.”

Speed ​​pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder while committing armed robbery, and prosecutors will drop the charge of intentionally abetting and abetting murder.

sentencing in july

Dennis Gerhardstein, a spokesman for the county attorney’s office, said that as part of an agreement with the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, Speed ​​is to be sentenced to prison based on the recommendation of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Grid.

For someone with no criminal history, the grid recommends a sentence of 10 years and 8 months to 15 years for second-degree unintentional homicide, but it was unclear on Friday what Speed’s punishment might be. Because he has a criminal background.

At the time of the murder, Speed ​​was on supervised probation after pleading guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon to shoot another man in a Brooklyn park in September 2020, according to court records. A pre-sentence investigation will determine Speed’s criminal history “score” and he is to be sentenced on July 8.

“We fully respect the grief expressed by the family over the loss of our loved one and understand their request for a longer sentence,” Gerhardstein said in a statement. “Our office has advised the family of the proposed petition settlement and carefully considered their inputs. As in all cases, we are bound to consider additional factors in making any motion and, in our role as Minister of Justice, our decisions are also based on law which covers all facts and circumstances.

“The victim’s family will get an opportunity to express their wishes directly before the judge during the sentencing hearing,” the statement said. “The prosecution will seek maximum punishment under the Permitted Sentencing Guidelines grid for second-degree unintentional homicide and Mr. Speed’s criminal history score.”

Teenager says he doesn’t remember details of murder

Speed ​​was 17 when Elder was fatally shot in January and the county attorney’s office, which charged her in juvenile court, said they intended to prosecute her as an adult. The case against Speed ​​was taken to an adult court this week.

Elder was seriously injured on January 10 at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the 500 block of North Prior Avenue between University Avenue and Interstate 94 in St.

Speed, now 18, and another man approached a vehicle parked in the area, Speed ​​confirmed as Assistant Ramsey County Attorney George Joyr asked them questions during a hearing that took place around Friday. Speed ​​said he went to the location to buy marijuana and had a handgun.

Speed ​​said he was outside the parked vehicle, and the person with him walked into the passenger side of the vehicle. At that time, he said that he did not know the name of the person sitting in the driver’s seat – he turned out to be older.

Mekhi Speed, date of birth 03/11/2004, pleaded guilty on May 13, 2022 to aiding and abetting second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony in the death of Otis the Elder in St. Paul.  (Courtesy of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office)
Mekhi Speed ​​(Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)

Speed’s attorney, Paul Sellers, later asked Speed ​​during court proceedings, “At some point, the idea changed from wanting to buy marijuana from this person instead of taking marijuana from this person, is that right?”.

“Yes,” said Speed.

“Is it fair to say that you don’t know of a group of people with whom you (decisions) changed? And part of it is that you were using alcohol and Percocet that day, is that right?,” Sellers continued.

“Yes,” said Speed.

A struggle ensued. Speed ​​said he didn’t know if anyone else had a gun with him.

“You know that was a gunshot?” Vendors asked.

“Yes,” said Speed.

“But you never remember pulling the trigger or shooting Mr. Elder, do you?,” Sellers said.

“Yes,” said Speed.

Responding to Joyer about the situation, Speed ​​said, “Everything happened fast.”

Speed ​​recalled that he was driving the vehicle in which they had arrived. However, the video showed a man who appeared to be holding a firearm, which was used in the shooting, climbed into the passenger seat as they left, Sellers said.

Another teenager is accused of killing the elder and his case is ongoing.

Search warrant and shot the cousin

Speed ​​lived in an apartment building in downtown Minneapolis where police issued a search warrant on February 2.

Amir Locke, 22, was not named in the search warrant and was living on a couch in the apartment of Speed’s brother’s girlfriend when police issued a no-knock warrant and a Minneapolis officer shot him. According to the criminal complaint, Speed ​​lived with her mother in an isolated unit, but had access to another apartment.

Prosecutors did not charge the officer, saying that body camera video showed Locke pointing a gun, though his family has said the footage showed he was shocked.

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