Chrishaun Reed McDonald charged in stabbing death of Dean Schmitz

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Chrishaun Reed McDonald, who was taken into custody the night Dean Schmitz was stabbed to death last weekend in south Minneapolis, has now been charged with second degree murder.

The 23-year-old man's booking photo hasn't been released yet. He's being held in Hennepin County jail on $500,000 bond, and he's due in court tomorrow.

Minneapolis police say a brawl outside the Schooner Tavern led to the Schmitz stabbing. Officers and paramedics found the 47-year-old man laying wounded in the street at about 12:30 a.m., near the intersection of 29th Street East and 27th Avenue South.

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2011 Minneapolis Homicides:

Krissy Bates, 45, was strangled, stabbed, and beaten to death on January 11 in her apartment at 1302 Linden Ave. Arnold Darwin Waukazo, her boyfriend, has been charged with murdering Bates, who was transgender.

Stanley Curtis Rogers, 58, was shot dead on the night of January 21 in what police describe as a robbery gone bad in an alley behind 3656 Clinton Ave. S. Ladell James Antone Johnson, 18, has been charged with his murder.

Jeremee Jon Kraskey, 32, died of multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday morning, February 26. Police found his body in the back yard of a home at 3520 14th Ave. S. near Powderhorn Park.

Stephanie Smith, 21, was shot and killed the night of March 28 as she was riding in a car on Park Avenue South with another man. Someone opened fire from another vehicle, and then sped away. There have been no arrests yet in the case.

Benjamin Van Handel, 23, a U of M student out late with friends in Dinkytown, was intentionally run over early in the morning on April 15. He died of his injuries April 21. Timothy Ayman Bakdash, 29, is charged with his murder.

Tomika Swoope, 19, was shot on April 25 in a suspected drive-by on Columbus Avenue South, near her home. Witnesses think she was mistaken for being a gang member. She died April 28 at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Keontrell Govan, 18, died the day after he was found shot in the alley behind the Church of St. Bridget in north Minneapolis on May 4. Ishmael Rashad Moore and Dashaunta D'Mar Gomez, both 17, have been charged with second degree murder in the case.

Kristopher Miller, 27, a popular staffer at North High School, was found shot dead in front of his home on May 11. Derrick Griffin, an associate pastor at the North Side's True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, has been charged with the murder

Edward Trondell Baker, 24, was shot early in the morning on May 24 in the 5700 block of Sander Avenue, just a few blocks north of Highway 62 and the perimeter of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Guled Hashi Mohamed, 25, was shot late the night of May 29 while sitting in his car outside a restaurant on Nicollet Avenue South at Groveland Avenue. He died two days later. Biyamin Beiti Omar, 28 has been charged with his murder.

Dean Schmitz, 47, was stabbed to death early in the morning of June 5 near the intersection of 29th Street East and 27th Avenue South. Chrishaun Reed McDonald, 23, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case.

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Transgender woman cites self-defense in altercationadvocates point to disproportionate incarceration oftransgender women of color Press conference to be held tomorrow - Tuesday, June 28th at 10amAt the Hennepin County Government Center in Downtown Minneapolis300 South 6th Street, Minneapolisin the north court yard

contact: Katie Burgess                  Executive Director, Trans Youth Support Network                          (612) 363-7574 Minneapolis, MN –Early on the morning of June 5th, outside the Schooner Tavern on Lake Street, Chrishaun McDonald was verbally assaulted with racial slurs, sexual harassment, and transphobic and sexist attacks. When a larger brawl ensued, Ms. McDonald was hit in the face with a bottle. Her attacker ended up dead, and Ms. McDonald was taken to jail where she remains in solitary confinement. She has been charged with second degree murder. Ms. McDonald maintains her innocence, citing self-defense: “They were the ones who attacked us. It was evil what they called us.”

Ms. McDonald is a transgender woman. In the weeks since June 5th, media coverage and prosecutors have consistently referred to Ms. McDonald with incorrect (male) pronouns.  Because Ms. McDonald is being held in a gender-segregated jail, the potential for abuse and mistreatment is high. In a phone interview from jail, Ms. McDonald described the treatment she’s receiving in solitary confinement: “They’ve got me in the hole, and they're not giving me proper healthcare.”

According to Katie Burgess, Executive Director of the Trans Youth Support Network and a friend of Ms. McDonald’s, “Chrishaun McDonald’s case is a tragedy, but unfortunately it’s not a rarity. Transgender women of color face disproportionate levels of violence and harassment, and are pulled into prisons and jails at extremely high rates. Over 30% of trans women of color are incarcerated every year. Once in prison or jail, 38% are harassed, 15% are physically assaulted, and 7% are sexually assaulted. These violent abuses are enacted upon them by guards and fellow prisoners. Although none of us knows all the details about what happened on June 5th, we do know that the deck is stacked against Ms. McDonald, and we ask concerned community members to support her in her trial.”

Friends who have spoken with Ms. McDonald say she remains hopeful and committed to fighting for justice in her case. But she has deep concerns that because she is a transgender woman of color she is unlikely to receive a fair trial with a jury of her peers, especially because she doesn’t have the funds to hire her own legal counsel. When asked about her trial, Ms. McDonald said, “Everybody should just be treated like human beings, no matter who they are.”


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these are cases which happen around all the time and there is not to think more on these cases if you go to streets of NY these are cases which happens all the time someone is being killed and nothing is happening legal consultants must take charge and govt. must give right to everyone to take their decisions on what is right and what is wrong

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

And we're just getting hot!  As temps rise, tempers flare.

Good thing we were all lied to about "global warming" thing.   Temps getting hotter and hotter each year (as the liars foretold); would have had us all stabbing each other by now...

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