2 charged in Burnsville bar murder

4:19 PM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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HASTINGS, Minn. - A Rosemount man has been charged with murder, and a woman with helping him in a fatal shooting outside a Burnsville bar last weekend.

Anthony Lee Nelson, also known as Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, made his first appearance in Dakota County Court on a charge of second degree murder.

Also charged in connection with the murder is 24-year-old Ashley Marie Conrade, for allegedly aiding Nelson by harboring, concealing, or assisting him in avoiding arrest.

Police say Nelson, Conrade, and 20-year-old U of M college student Anarae Schunk were at Nina's Grill the night of September 22. Just before closing time the victim, 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi, was leaving the bar when he and his cousins began talking to Conrade, who is identified by authorities as Nelson's girlfriend.

Nelson allegedly told Jobi to stop talking to his girlfriend, and a physical altercation broke out. Witnesses say the defendant pulled a gun and fired multiple shots at Jobi. A cousin of the victim then jumped on Nelson, causing the gun to go off again.

At that point Nelson, Conrade and Schunk reportedly jumped into a car and sped off.

Jobi was declared dead on the scene. An examination of his body indicated he had been shot eight times.

At the same time they were investigating the murder in Burnsville, police were opening a missing persons case on Schunk. In the course of pursuing that case detectives identified Nelson, revisited a February traffic stop during which he was pulled over in Conrade's vehicle, and traced the address to her condo in Rosemount. 

Officers were in the process of setting up a perimeter around Conrade's home on September 24 when they saw a man matching Nelson's description driving away from the townhome. When they tried to pull the vehicle over Nelson jumped out and fled on foot, running into a quarry where he was ultimately captured.

Schunk is still missing: Police say neither Nelson or Conrade has been cooperative in sharing the whereabouts of the missing woman.

Anthony Lee Nelson is currently being held on $2 million bail, while Conrade's bail is set at $250,000. 

Court documents show Nelson was just released a week ago on a $25,000 burglary and weapons charge.

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