Man Convicted by Jury in 2016 Murder

Derrick Smith Photo: Hennepin County
Derrick Smith

January 12, 2018 03:32 PM

A 29-year-old man charged in a fatal shooting in Minneapolis in October of 2016 has been convicted of murder by a Hennepin County jury, the county attorney's office said.

A release states Derrick Zechariah Smith was convicted by a jury after less than two hours of deliberations.


He was charged with first-degree intentional murder during an aggravated robbery and second-degree intentional murder. The criminal complaint alleged Smith and two others - 23-year-old Ayan Wahab and 28-year-old Tyrel Patterson - were at a Super America Station early on the morning of Oct. 29 of 2016.

Richard Ambers, 31, was there too, reportedly trying to sell marijuana. Smith was accused of telling Wahab to befriend Ambers and find out more about money and drugs in preparation for a robbery. Ambers and Wahab parked Ambers' car at 48th and Bryant Avenues North. Wahab was said to have gone into the home of Brandy Lee Jacques where he, Smith and Jacques discussed how to rob Ambers.

Wahab is then alleged to have gone back to the car until Paterson rapped on the window. Wahab is said to have left the car and to have heard three gunshots soon after.

Wahab and Jacques have already pleaded guilty to charges of aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact in the matter. Patterson is scheduled to go on trial for first-degree murder on April 16.

Smith, Patterson and Jacques have all also been charged in connection to a fatal shooting in Prior Lake on Nov. 23 of 2016.

The release states Smith will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on Wednesday.


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