Man Convicted of Murder in Fatal Minnetonka Park-and-Ride Shooting

February 20, 2018 11:20 AM

The video above aired in March 2017 after the shooting.


The Columbia Heights man charged in a fatal shooting at a Minnetonka park-and-ride last March has been found guilty on first- and second-degree murder charges.

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The verdicts were handed down Tuesday.

Marcus Hallmark was accused of fatally shooting Thomas John Russ, 32 of Minneapolis, as he changed a flat tire. Sentencing is scheduled for next Monday.

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According to the criminal complaint, Russ was the boyfriend of Hallmark's sister. Hallmark, Russ and two women had been hanging out at a home in Columbia Heights. One of the women lent her car to Hallmark. But at some point, he abandoned it at the park-and-ride ramp on Wayzata Boulevard in Minnetonka because it had a flat tire.

Hallmark, Russ and the two women drove to the ramp so Russ could change the flat tire. Both women reported hearing a loud bang. They looked over and said they saw Russ on the ground before Hallmark fired another shot and fled, the criminal complaint reports. 

RELATED: Marcus Hallmark Charged in Fatal Park-and-Ride Shooting

More than 12 law enforcement agencies in the west metro were involved in a manhunt before police discovered Hallmark in the woods near Crane Lake. He was apprehended without incident.

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