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Gunfire between two moving vehicles on Interstate 35 in Duluth earlier this month was precipitated by a robbery that stemmed from a botched drug deal, according to charges filed Monday. Three men have been arrested and formally charged in the shooting, which left a 19-year-old man with non-life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a single bullet on Feb. 5.
Criminal charges filed Tuesday in State District Court also indicate that Phillip James Adkins, 34, and Kayla Marie Frank, 33, sent the teen a series of lewd photos, videos and messages through Facebook before arranging the meeting. Adkins and Frank, who live in Rice, Minn., were arrested at a West Duluth motel on Friday evening after Duluth Police Department investigators were alerted to the planned meeting. They allegedly admitted that they had traveled to Duluth with the purpose of having sex with the teen, who they knew to be 14.
A man injured in a double shooting outside a Superior bar Sunday is continuing to recover in a Duluth hospital as police have yet to announce any arrests in the incident that left his brother dead.
According to a news release issued by the Duluth Police Department, Robbin Damonta Alexander, 30, was charged Friday after a warrant was executed Dec. 7 in the 300 block of Homecroft Court in Superior.
Teah Joan Phillips took the witness stand to testify in the trials of three co-defendants charged in connection with a 2014 shooting death in Superior. And she accepted legal responsibility for her role in April when she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of party to attempted armed robbery. But one thing she hasn't done, Douglas County Circuit Judge George Glonek said, is truly take responsibility for her decision to drive four accomplices to Superior's Allouez neighborhood, where a robbery attempt turned to murder on Sept. 30, 2014.
Mark Fruehauf was just 6 years old and growing up in Superior when Dan Blank was first elected Douglas County district attorney. In January, the 32-year-old Fruehauf will be sworn in as Douglas County's next top prosecutor. On Tuesday, Fruehauf unseated Blank in a partisan primary, ending the top prosecutor's quarter-century tenure in the office. Unofficial tallies had Fruehauf taking 59 percent of the vote to Blank's 41 percent. About 30 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the primary.
Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank conceded to jurors Friday that Dallas Eugene Robinson and his co-defendants had no intention of causing harm to Garth Velin when they went to his Superior home in September 2014. But all five defendants were involved in a conspiracy to rob the 20-year-old Superior man, who was killed after being shot in the chest, the prosecutor argued. “It went bad,” Blank told jurors. “It went criminally bad. It went murder bad.”
Judge George Glonek rescheduled the trial for Feb. 23.
Trial dates are up in the air for two of the three remaining defendants in the Superior shooting death of Garth Velin, a complex case that has been plagued by legal maneuvering and unexpected issues that have prompted numerous last-minute delays in recent months. For a second time this month, a trial date was pulled off the Douglas County Circuit Court calendar because of late developments.
For a second time this month, a trial date may be pulled off the Douglas County Circuit Court calendar due to late developments.