Boyfriend Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Highland Park Woman

February 20, 2018 03:45 PM

The video above aired in November 2017 when Duprey was charged in the case.


The boyfriend charged with second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Phanny Phay in Highland Park in November has pleaded not guilty.

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Andre Antwan Duprey, 29, made the plea Tuesday in court. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and bail is set at $1 million. 

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The Ramsey County Medical Examiner had to identify Phay through dental records because facial identification was not possible. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and had 45 "sharp force injuries throughout her body," puncture wounds to the right lung and possibly liver, according to the medical examiner. Bruises were also observed on her neck. 

Duprey had told investigators he didn't remember what had happened that November morning at the 900 block of St. Paul Avenue, according to the criminal complaint.

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When asked what happened to Phay, police told him, according to the complaint:

"He covered his face with his hand and shook his head. He paused for a bit and said, 'My girlfriend's not okay is she huh?' ... The investigator asked him what he remembered and he again asked, 'Is she not okay?' The investigator asked him what he remembered. He then stated that he is going to exercise his constitutional right and plead the Fifth. He said he wants a lawyer."

Phay's family told KSTP they were devastated by the loss. 

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