Devon Parker killed north Mpls Good Samaritan with his own gun, charges say

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Devon Parker (left); Thomas Sonnenberg (right).
Devon Parker, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a 69-year-old north Minneapolis homeowner with his own gun.

Just before noon Friday, Parker allegedly knocked on Thomas Sonnenberg's door at 3739 Aldrich Avenue North. Sonnenberg's wife later described Parker as "frantic, paranoid, and in some sort of distress" when he arrived, but Thomas Sonnenberg let him in the house nonetheless.

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Pot deal gone wrong also led to Minneapolis's first homicide of year

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On January 3, 22-year-old north Minneapolis resident Devonte Coppage became St. Paul's first homicide victim of 2014 when a pot deal gone awry led to him being shot multiple times in a BP station parking lot.

SEE ALSO: Barack Obama disagrees with Sheriff Stanek about the dangers of pot

Twenty days later, another pot deal gone wrong led to 61-year-old Darnell Harris becoming Minneapolis's first murder victim of the year, according to charges filed in Hennepin County yesterday.

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Kingfield shooting results in Mpls's first 2014 homicide after victim unexpectedly dies

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-- Update at bottom --

Officers responding to a report of gunfire on the 4500 block of 1st Avenue South in Kingfield around 9:15 p.m. last Thursday night heard that a male victim was seen limping from the scene. A short time later, they found a victim in a nearby vehicle with a gunshot wound to his lower leg.

The victim was transported to HCMC, where he was expected to recover.

RELATED: Pot deal gone wrong leads to St. Paul's first homicide of year

"We didn't expect him to check out," MPD spokesman John Elder told us last night.

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Believe it or not, 2013 wasn't record year for domestic violence homicides in Minnesota

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Mandy Matula was one of 37 Minnesotans killed in domestic violence homicides last year.
One of the biggest local stories of 2013 was the very troubling string of domestic violence homicides. Especially during the first half of the year, it seemed a new tragedy of that sort was hitting the news cycle just about every week.

RELATED: Steven Johnson: Man who dismembered wife lured 1996 victim with pot

But believe it or not, the number of domestic violence homicides in Minnesota last year, 37, wasn't unprecedented.

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U of M student Kayla Koranda shot by UMD's Nicholas Roecker in apparent murder-suicide

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Roecker (left) allegedly killed (Koranda) right before killing himself.
Around 4 p.m. Monday, authorities responding to an emergency call from a rural Olmsted County home found 18-year-old University of Minnesota-Twin Cities student Kayla Koranda in a shed, dead from a gunshot wound. In the same shed, injured, was 19-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth student Nicholas Roecker. He later died from his gunshot injuries.

FROM JUNE: Shoreview victim is eighth Twin Cities woman allegedly killed by husband/BF since December

Authorities say they believe Roecker was responsible for killing his Rochester Lourdes High School classmate before turning his handgun on himself. The longtime friends graduated last year before leaving for college, and were both back in the Rochester area during winter break.

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Pot deal gone wrong leads to St. Paul's first homicide of year

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Devonte photo from Facebook via The Adventures of Johnny Northside blog
Antonio Seals (right) has been charged in connection with the murder of Devonte Coppage (left).
Last Friday, 22-year-old north Minneapolis resident Devonte Coppage became St. Paul's first homicide victim of 2014.

SEE ALSO: St. Paul pot dealer shot by customer upset about the "bad weed" he'd sold him

According to authorities, Coppage was shot to death around 6:30 p.m. during a pot deal gone awry in the parking lot of a BP station at 1200 White Bear Avenue.

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North Minneapolis street still red with blood four days after murder

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Look closely and you can still see the bloody traces of last Friday's shooting on this north Minneapolis street.
:::: UPDATE :::: Barb Johnson says Mpls officials developing murder scene cleanup protocol

Around 11 p.m. Friday, police responding to a report of a shooting on the 3700 block of Girard Avenue North found the body of 35-year-old St. Paul resident Geray Campbell lying in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

SEE ALSO: Mortimer's Bar shooting victim waved middle finger as his life slipped away, witness says

Four days later, the pool of blood Campbell left behind is still visible on Girard, judging by the photo at the top of this post.

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Roger Holland had a very incriminating internet search history when his wife was found dead

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Holland and Margorie during happier times (right); Holland as he was being booked into jail on suspicion of murder (left).
:::: UPDATE, December 17 :::: Holland has been convicted of two counts of both first- and second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and her fetus. He will be sentenced today.

On March 7, Roger Holland's pregnant wife, 37-year-old Margorie Holland, was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the Apple Valley home the couple shared.

A JUDGE DIDN'T BUY IT: Roger Holland's defense: Killing wife's fetus was abortion, not murder

Roger, 36, claimed she fell down the stairs while he was away, but scratches on his neck and broken capillaries on her face indicated otherwise, and Holland was ultimately charged with first- and second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of both his wife and her fetus.

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Danielle Jelinek died because of accidental cocaine overdose, indictment alleges

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Aaron Schnagl (left) has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Danielle Jelinek (right).
Today, Aaron Schnagl -- Danielle Jelinek's on-again, off-again boyfriend -- was indicted by a grand jury on third-degree murder changes in connection with Jelinek's death.

According to numerous reports, the indictment accuses Schnagl, 29, of being culpable for Jelinek's death by accidentally causing a drug overdose with cocaine he gave her.

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Somali businessman Fuad Ali shot dead on Pleasant Avenue in Whittier

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According to the Somali news site Midnimo, this is a photo of Fuad Ali.
Just before 1 a.m. yesterday, police responding to a report of shots fired found a man lying on the 2600 block of Pleasant Avenue South with a gunshot wound. The man, identified by the Star Tribune as 31-year-old Fuad Ali, was later pronounced dead at HCMC from his injuries.

STILL UNSOLVED: Award offered for information about mysterious Whittier murder

No arrests have been made, and the MPD says they haven't received any information about suspects.

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