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Suspect in Susan Spiller murder case pleads not guilty, jury trial requested

Demetrius Wynne Photo: Hennepin County
Demetrius Wynne

Updated: December 02, 2019 03:31 PM

A suspect charged with two counts of second-degree murder of a 68-year-old woman entered a not guilty plea on Monday in Hennepin County Court.

Court documents show Demetrius Wynne, 19, was 14 years old at the time of the murder of Susan Spiller in 2015. A demand for a jury trial was made, and the trial is set to begin on June 1, 2020.

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According to the complaint, Wynne was charged with second-degree murder with intent and second-degree murder while committing a felony in July 2015 after the death of Spiller.

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On July 16, 2015, Spiller was found dead in her home on the 5100 block of Dupont Avenue N.

Wynne was arrested and charged by juvenile petition in the murder on June 21, 2019.

A closed juvenile court hearing on Sept. 18 and Oct. 22 was held before Hennepin County District Court Judge Tanya Bransford after the Hennepin County Attorney's Office filed a petition to have Wynne certified as an adult.

According to the new adult criminal complaint, Wynne and his family lived next door to Spiller at 5116 Dupont Avenue N. in Minneapolis. Sometime in the evening of July 15 or 16, 2015, someone cut the screen to a rear window of Spiller's home and removed it to gain entry into the house. Spiller was found in her bedroom, where she had been beaten, strangled and stabbed five times, and her cellphone was missing.

On June 12, 2019, Wynne was booked and fingerprinted on an adult felony case, which is pending. Two days later, the computer matched his booking fingerprints to prints taken from the rear window of Spiller's home, the complaint states. Also, a DNA profile from a fingernail clipping from Spiller's right hand has been connected to Wynne.

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