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Minneapolis man charged with killing his child's mother makes first court appearance

Updated: December 04, 2019 12:42 PM

A Minneapolis man charged with murder in the shooting death of his child's mother on Thanksgiving appeared in court for the first time Tuesday.

Randall Watkins, 41, is charged with second-degree intentional murder in the death of 27-year-old Raven Gant.

"I just miss her so much ... I miss her every hour, every minute, every second ... she didn't deserve this, she didn't deserve this at all," said Lakecia Gant, Raven's mother. "Raven was a very, very intelligent young lady."

According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a domestic dispute call Thanksgiving night and found Gant wounded on the floor. She died that night at North Memorial Medical Center.

The complaint says Gant had been trying to get away from Watkins because of prior physical abuse.

Gant said her daughter and Watkins shared a 2-year-old child together but her daughter and granddaughter went to the home that night to collect their belongings.

When 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke to Lakecia she wanted to hold her granddaughter close during the interview. 

"She knew the situation wasn't a good situation ... so she wanted out," Gant said.

Man charged in connection to north Minneapolis homicide

Minneapolis Police said the 2 year-old was in the home at the time of the fatal shooting.

"She had such a short life with her mom," Gant said. "She loved this child, unconditionally ... it's not right, it's not fair."

"In regards to the case against Randall Watkins in the death of Raven Gant, we will prosecute it to the fullest extent possible and as we noted in the complaint, if we obtain a conviction, we will ask for an enhanced sentence because his little girl had to watch her mother die a violent death," said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

A judge set bail for Watkins at $1 million.

The next hearing for Watkins is scheduled for Jan. 6.

Raven's family set up an online fundraiser to cover the costs of a funeral, which you can see here.

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