ST PAUL, Minn. — An Inver Grove Heights man is charged with murder in a shooting that left an SUV upside down, a man dead and his son wounded.
Prosecutors say Jeremy Carpenter fired the gun that killed 23-year-old Jeriko Boykin and put a bullet through the foot of his 4-year-old son on Oct. 6. The SUV that Boykin was driving flipped upside down on the 400 block of Wabasha Street South. Responding officers located approximately 12 spent shell casings at the crime scene, and observed numerous bullet holes in the overturned Jeep.
Witnesses described the suspect vehicle that left the scene as "unusual," an early model Chevrolet Impala with several unique features including a front tire that was missing a hubcap. That tire appeared to be a small “donut” spare. The Impala had a rear spoiler and was dark in color with a yellow design on the gas tank cover and a dealer or vanity license plate.
The criminal complaint indicates that a traffic stop on the same vehicle in Minneapolis one day after the shooting was the break in the case. In the complaint, a passenger in that vehicle identified Carpenter as the shooter in Boykin's murder, saying he thought the defendant was going to buy marijuana from the victim but then heard shots being fired.
Another person in the car with the defendant on Oct. 6 said they were stopped at a red light near the murder scene when Boykin pulled up at a red light. Carpenter allegedly looked over, exchanged words with Boykin, and then told the occupants of the car that he and Boykin had been in prison together. The witness says he jumped out of the vehicle, ran up to Boykin's SUV and opened fire.
Carpenter was arrested on Oct. 22 when St. Paul officers pulled a vehicle over for faulty equipment. Carpenter was in the back seat, and police observed what turned out to be a loaded handgun under the seat in front of him. He was arrested for a felony parole violation as he was not supposed to possess a firearm.
In an interview with detectives Carpenter denied his involvement in Boykin's death. He is charged with one count of second degree murder, and one of attempted murder.