3 Indicted for S. Mpls. Shooting Death

Updated: 06/13/2014 6:40 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 5:31 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A Hennepin County grand jury has indicted a woman and two men for murder after a man was found dead with gunshot wounds in Minneapolis in March.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday three first-degree premeditated murder charges against Maureen Onyelobi, David Johnson and Maurice Wilson.

Onyelobi had been charged with second-degree murder in the case earlier.

According to the complaint, Minneapolis police responded to a shooting report around 10 p.m. near 28th and Longfellow Avenue South on March 8. Officers arrived to find a man, identified as Anthony Fairbanks, dead in the street with an apparent gunshot wound to his head.

Fairbanks' family told investigators he had a cellphone conversation just before leaving his mother’s home. Police viewed Fairbanks' cellphone records and saw he received a call at 9:51 p.m. from a person called “Black,” who supplied the victim with heroin.

According to phone records, "Black's" number was in the vicinity of the murder at 9:59 p.m. The number was eventually identified as belonging to Onyelobi. During an unrelated drug arrest on March 11, a cellphone with the same number was found in a hotel room she had rented, the complaint said.

Officers learned Fairbanks had been indicted in a federal gun case, along with the Onyelobi’s boyfriend. Jail calls from March 8 between Onyelobi and her boyfriend showed he was concerned about a male from the projects who might talk to police.

Police found a gun, determined to be the weapon used in Fairbanks' shooting, in a safe at a storage facility rented by Onyelobi. Video surveillance at the storage locker shows Onyelobi entering her unit at 8:14 p.m. on March 8 and returning at 10:38 p.m. The facility was locked, so she returned the next day.

Onyelobi is also the registered owner of a van that matches the description of a vehicle seen leaving the scene of the crime and also on video surveillance at the storage locker.

The attorney's office says all three defendants are in custody. However, Wilson is in North Dakota on federal drug charges and a warrant was issued for his arrest on the murder.

The three are co-defendants, all charged with aiding and abetting each other with the murder, the attorney's office said.

Information about the role of Wilson and Johnson in this crime is not public at this time.

Maureen Onyelobi
Officers from the third precinct responded to a report of multiple shots fired in the 2700 block of Longfellow Avenue around 10 p.m.
Photo: KSTP/File

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