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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Murder charge: 33-year-old man shot in St. Paul Street after $1,300 deal in marijuana turns into a robbery

A 33-year-old man was fatally shot in St. Paul Street last week during a marijuana deal in Dayton Bluff, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

After police arrested 21-year-old Trayvon Dennis Campbell, he told them Friday that he didn’t know the man who shot Michael Alexander Pleasants had a gun until he used it.

Trayvon Dennis Campbell (Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office charged Campbell with aiding and abetting the murder. Another man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and prosecutors are reviewing possible charges against him on Monday.

According to the complaint against Campbell:

Officers were sent to the 200 block of Bates Avenue on Tuesday at 12:05 am on information that a person was shot and a person was lying in the street. They found Pleasant with gunshot wounds to the head and paramedics declared him brought dead.

Video surveillance of the area can be seen that Anand is standing with two men and he handed over a brown bag to one of them. The camera went away and when he returned, the Pleasants were on the ground.

Police learned that Pleasant had been messaging St. Paul’s Campbell shortly before he was shot. Campbell asked if Pleasants had $100 amounts of marijuana available, but Campbell said he only had a pound and wouldn’t break it. He offered to sell it for $1,300, and Campbell replied that he was interested.

When police arrested Campbell, they showed him a picture of Pleasants. He said that the Pleasants provided him with marijuana and he sold it.

According to the complaint, “Campbell said he respects (Pleasant) and thinks he was the cool people to help Campbell put food on the table.”

When investigators “confronted” Campbell with messages that they had sent pleasant and surveillance photos of the two men approaching Pleasant’s car, “Campbell clearly became upset, cried, and said, ‘Not me. Knew he was going to do this.’ Campbell said (pleasantly) didn’t deserve what happened to her,” the complaint continued.

He said the man with him made a comment when they were contacting Pleasants, but he didn’t think he was serious about shooting her.

Campbell said Pleasant handed the bag to him, although he said it was another man who wanted marijuana. According to the complaint, he said that he “saw a look of wonder” on Sukhad’s face and then heard the sound of gunshots.

Campbell reported that he and the shooter fled, and then the two of them split the marijuana. He said he burned his clothes and marijuana packaging in the grill, and cleaned the gun with bleach.

Campbell was being held in the Ramsey County Jail as of Monday afternoon. A lawyer could not be reached for comment on his behalf.

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