Assault charges amended to murder after shooting victim dies

12:46 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Charges against a St. Paul man have escalated to murder after a man he is accused of shooting died from his wounds.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office on Tuesday amended charges against 18-year-old Jonathan Joseph Corbett to include Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree in connection with a shooting September 21.

A criminal complaint alleges that a woman took her two children to a home on the 500 block of Thomas Avenue for a play date. Once at the home she became involved in a confrontation with Corbett's brother Carl Antonio Wilks, who threatened to kill her.

Witnesses say one of the children ran outside to get help from his mother's fiancée. That man entered the home only to be confronted by Wilks and Corbett, both with guns drawn. The couple then left safely with the two children.

Later that night Wilks was seen exiting a neighboring house with a resident known as "Blue" to gather on the sidewalk in front of the home with others.

Investigators believe Corbett approached the group and opened fire, hitting four individuals. Two suffered minor injuries, while another man and Blue were critically wounded.

The man known as Blue was removed from life support and died Monday.

"This defendant's reckless actions took a man's life and put an entire neighborhood in danger," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. "We will aggressively pursue justice in this case for the victims' families as well as the community."

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