Transgender suspect Chrishaun McDonald didn't kill Dean Schmitz, witnesses claim
|Chrishaun McDonald, who is transgender, stands accused of murder|
A brawl broke out, and when it was over, Dean Schmitz, 47, lay in the street bleeding to death.
Chrishaun McDonald, 23, was arrested and has been charged with second-degree murder.
But two witnesses there that night claim police have the wrong man, and that they have a taped confession from the real murderer that proves it.
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|Friends mourn Chishaun's death|
A woman hit McDonald in the face with a glass, and a fight broke out, Thomas says. When he saw McDonald bleeding from the face, Thomas pulled her out of the melee and the two of them ran off to Cub Foods.
Thomas says when he looked back, he saw another friend that had been with them that night, a man that he and others now identify as Schmitz's killer, running away from the scene.
Thomas and Zavawn Smith, who was also present that night, say their friend admitted to them that he had stabbed Schmitz. Thomas says the friend told them that Schmitz "ran up and fell on the scalpel." Smith says he recorded the confession on his cell phone, and still has the video.
Smith says the man who actually killed Schmitz has not been at any of the hearings, and didn't show up to the Gay Pride Parade last weekend.
"Seems like he's kind of hiding out and feels guilty," Smith says. "I would understand, being in a situation like this, because this is real. Someone died."
Minneapolis Police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said the police were not aware of a videotaped confession to the murder. He says the investigation is ongoing, and any new evidence that is brought forward will be investigated thoroughly.
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