2 charged in separate, unrelated Minneapolis homicides

Monday, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced charges in connection to two different homicides.

Thirty-six-year-old Prince Brown has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder in the fatal shooting of 38-year-old David Spicer. The shooting occurred on Brown’s birthday, according to a release.

Additionally, Angelique Simons, 47, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Joseph Pixley.

According to the criminal complaint, Brown, Spicer and others were in the kitchen of a home on the 400 block of 33rd Avenue North just before 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21. There was a gun on the table and Brown began handling it recklessly. He shoved a magazine into the gun, then removed it. He then jammed a different magazine in and the gun went off, hitting Spicer once in the torso.

In the other homicide, Simons told Pixley to come to a house on the 2000 block of Queen Avenue North. Pixley arrived at the home shortly before 4 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Once in the house, she demanded he pay her $60 he owed her, and if he didn’t, she would have her son hurt him, the complaint states.

A short time later, Simons said she would do it herself and pulled out a knife and stabbed Pixley once in the chest. She and others in the house left, taking the knife which was placed in a paper bag. Pixley died about a half-hour later at North Memorial Health Hospital’s emergency room.

Both Brown and Simons are expected to make their first court appearances on Tuesday.