Suspect charged, victim identified in St. Paul homicide

Shakee Shabazz Miller-Brantley Photo: Ramsey County
Shakee Shabazz Miller-Brantley

Updated: July 22, 2019 12:56 PM

A Minneapolis man has been charged in connection to a homicide of a St. Paul woman on Friday.

Shakee Shabazz Miller-Brantley, 27, of Minneapolis, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Jessica Williams of St. Paul. 


According to the criminal complaint, at about 9:30 p.m. on July 19, police responded to a residence, located at 555 Charles Avenue in St. Paul to investigate a suspicious scene. A woman, identified as Jessica Williams, from St. Paul, was almost two hours late in picking up her infant from daycare. The daycare facility then contacted an emergency contact to pick up the child. The emergency contact picked up the child and drove them to the Williams home, listed in the address above. Once the emergency contact reached the residence, the contact found the door locked. The contact then had Williams' two other children unlock the door for them.

Once inside the home, the contact saw blood in the kitchen and immediately exited the home with the three children and called authorities. 

According to the complaint, when officers arrived they found six spent .22 caliber casings in the home as well as a blood trail leading from the kitchen to the basement. When officers went into the basement, they found Williams at the bottom of the stairs. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The children told police that a man they knew as 'Sabash' had been staying at the residence. Police have identified this man as Shakee Shabazz Miller-Brantley. Officers were also notified that Williams' vehicle was missing. 

RELATED: Arrest made in connection with Friday night homicide in St. Paul

Officers were able to locate the vehicle 0.7 miles from Miller-Brantley's mother's home where he was staying. 

Miller-Brantley was subsequently arrested at his mother's home and a search warrant was issued. During the search of the mother's home, officers were able to locate a .22 Ruger in a drawer that Miller-Brantley identified as belonging to him. 

When questioned by investigators, Miller-Brantley stated that he and Williams had been involved in a relationship and had gotten into a fight. He states that he feared for his life and believed Williams had a gun. He told authorities that he then shot her multiple times and carried her to the basement, according to the complaint. 

Miller-Brantley has three prior felony convictions including aggravated robbery and assault in the fourth-degree. 

Connect with KSTP

Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.


Charlie Wiese

Copyright 2019 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company


Local researchers release largest study on mass shootings

Heavy chains found wrapped around cornstalks in Hutchinson field

Gopher football drawing fans to stands, radio show

Local businesses help nonprofit after vans were vandalized

Franklin Avenue corridor in Minneapolis could see a much-needed makeover