Suspects connected to fatal shooting make court appearances
A Superior woman accused of hiding her daughter's cell phone from the Superior Police Department was bound over for arraignment Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court. The phone was wanted for evidence in connection with the fatal shooting of ...
A Superior woman accused of hiding her daughter’s cell phone from the Superior Police Department was bound over for arraignment Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court. The phone was wanted for evidence in connection with the fatal shooting of Garth Velin, 20, in Superior’s Allouez neighborhood Sept. 30.
Alaysha Serene Phillips, 43, faces felony aiding a felon and misdemeanor obstructing an officer. During court proceedings Wednesday, the severity of the felony count was reduced from a class G felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, to a class I felony which carries a maximum penalty of 3½ years imprisonment. The amendment was made based on the odd way the state statute is written, which only allows the higher class felony to be charged if certain conditions are met. Phillips is accused of helping her daughter, Teah Joan Phillips, 17, who faces a charge of party to felony murder.
Detective Joe Krieg with the Superior Police Department testified that he told Phillips officers were looking for the cell phone and would appreciate her help finding it. She told him she did not know where it was. The phone was not found when a search warrant was executed on the Phillips home Oct. 1. The Superior Police Department monitored an Oct. 6 phone conversation between Phillips and her daughter who was in custody at the Douglas County Jail. In it, Teah Phillips asked her mother if "that thing" was still safe at the house. Her mother replied that it was safe. As police were in the process of getting additional search warrants for Phillips’ home and car the next day, Krieg spoke with Alaysha Phillips. She acknowledged the call from the jail and insisted he search her car. The phone was found in the glove box.
Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy did find probable cause to bind Phillips over for arraignment in February.
The man accused of pulling the trigger on Sept. 30, Chance William Andrews, 17, of Superior appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court Tuesday in front of Judge George Glonek. He pleaded not guilty to felony murder. A status conference was set for Jan. 26, the day before Teah Phillips is scheduled to go to trial.
Three Duluth men also face charges of party to felony murder in connection with the shooting. Brothers Kane Michael Robinson, 20, and Dallas Eugene Robinson, 19, are scheduled for trials in April. No trial date has been set for Kyham Lavon Dunn, 20, of Duluth.
Velin was found dead inside his residence in the 3700 block of East First Street on the evening of Sept. 30. His girlfriend, who was upstairs at the time of the incident, said she heard what sounded like a gunshot and found him with a wound to the chest.
Teah Phillips allegedly told police that she drove Andrews, Dunn and the Robinsons to a location near Velin’s home that evening. She stated that she went to the residence and verified that Velin was home. She returned to the car, while Andrews, Dunn and Dallas Robinson went back to the house, according to the criminal complaint.
Police said Phillips reported that the friends returned and told her that "it went bad" and that Velin was shot during a struggle after Andrews pulled out a gun.