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Teen accused of pulling trigger in Superior murder makes court appearance

Superior Telegram The Superior teen accused of fatally shooting a man during an attempted robbery at a residence in Superior's Allouez neighborhood made an initial appearance Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Chance William Andrews, 17, ...

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The Superior teen accused of fatally shooting a man during an attempted robbery at a residence in Superior’s Allouez neighborhood made an initial appearance Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Chance William Andrews, 17, faces felony murder for the death of Garth Velin on Sept. 30. Andrews appeared by video feed in an orange jumpsuit. A No. “5” tattoo on his forehead, visible in his booking photo, was difficult to distinguish. Andrews is the fifth person to be charged with the murder of Velin, who was fatally shot in his home on the 3700 block of East First Street.

Others facing murder charges in connection with the incident are Teah Joan Phillips, 17, of Superior and Duluth residents Dallas Eugene Robinson, 18, Kane Michael Robinson, 20, and Kyham Lavon Dunn, 20. All of them remain in custody at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of high cash bail, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.  

Andrews is the last of the five to make his initial appearance after challenging extradition from Minnesota.

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Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy ordered $100,000 cash bail for Andrews, the same amount ordered for Dunn and Kane Robinson.

District Attorney Dan Blank requested the high bail amount to ensure Andrews’ future court appearances and protect the public. Blank pointed to Andrews’ juvenile history, which includes 2010 convictions for possession of a knife at school and possession of a short-barreled shotgun as well as 2012 convictions for battery and fleeing law enforcement officers in a stolen vehicle.

Andrews was ordered to have no contact with the co-defendants, not possess any dangerous weapons and not use or possess any controlled substances or paraphernalia.

Public Defender Fredric Anderson, who represents Andrews, waived time limits for his preliminary hearing. It was set for Nov. 3 in conjunction with preliminary hearings for Dunn and Dallas Robinson. Phillips and Kane Robinson are also expected to appear in court Nov. 3 for arraignment.

Phillips’ mother, Alaysha, 43, is expected to appear Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court on allegations of hiding a piece of evidence from police during the investigation of Velin’s death.

Superior police found the item in the glove compartment of her car after executing a search warrant, according to Superior Deputy Chief Nick Alexander. She remains free on a $1,000 signature bond.

According to the criminal complaint:

Velin was found dead inside his residence on the 3700 block of East First Street 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.

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Teah Phillips allegedly told police that she drove her four friends to a location near Velin’s home that evening. She stated she went to the home and verified that Velin was home. She returned to the car, while Andrews, Dunn and Dallas Robinson went back to the house.

Police said Phillips reported the three returned and told her that “it went bad” and Velin was shot during a struggle after Andrews pulled out a gun.

All five suspects were arrested within 24 hours.

Duluth News Tribune reporter Tom Olsen contributed to this report.

 

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