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Man charged in connection to north Minneapolis homicide

Man charged in connection to north Minneapolis homicide Photo: KSTP

Updated: December 03, 2019 08:29 AM

A 41-year-old man has been charged in connection to a fatal shooting in north Minneapolis that occurred on Thanksgiving, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. 

The release said Randall Watkins faces one count of second-degree intentional murder in connection to the death of 27-year-old Raven Gant. 

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A criminal complaint states police were called to a home on the 2600 block of James Avenue North on the report of a shooting. 

When officers arrived, they located Watkins at the door of the home. Gant was found lying on her back inside of the hoe. She was later pronounced dead at North Memorial Medical Center. 

1 in custody in connection to Minneapolis homicide

The complaint said Gant's father arrived at the house while police were there and said that she called him and said Watkins would not let her out of the home. 

Gant's father, along with other witnesses, said that Gant had been trying to get away from Watkins for a while and that Watkins had previously beat her.

Gant's father also said Watkins had taken clothing that belonged to Gant and her daughter. On the day of the shooting, Watkins called Gant and said she could meet him to get the items back. 

Watkins is expected to appear in court Tuesday. 
 

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