Matt McKinney

Reporter | Public safety
Phone: 612-673-7329
Matt writes stories from Minneapolis, chiefly about crime, but has also told readers about a dying man who recovered his stolen bicycle so he could pass it on to his children; a house built so well it doesn’t need a furnace; a man who died a virtual stranger in his own neighborhood, despite having lived a full life; and shortcomings in the city’s public auctions process. He once wrote a poem about the weather. And the newspaper published it.

Recent content from Matt McKinney

Ex-cellmate testifies Fitch asked him to kill Fitch's former girlfriend, another witness

“He just wanted them dead,” the former cellmate testified.

Updated: January 29, 2015, - 12:04 AM

Brian Fitch was arrested with a hand-drawn map to Luck, Wis.

Prosecution also focuses on phone records, escape plan. Jurors could have the case by Friday.

Updated: January 27, 2015, - 11:26 PM

Officer feared for his life in shootout with Fitch

Police who captured Brian Fitch after a shootout take the stand Monday.

Updated: January 26, 2015, - 09:49 PM

Testimony in Brian Fitch trial centers on threat, alibi, lifestyle

Ex-girlfriend says Brian Fitch threatened to shoot if stopped.

Updated: January 23, 2015, - 09:51 PM

Prosecutors show video of officer's death as Fitch trial begins

Prosecutors opened with chilling images of Scott Patrick being shot during routine stop.

Updated: January 23, 2015, - 08:54 AM

Fitch trial opening delayed until Thursday

Defense attorney Lauri Traub said that an alleged jailhouse confession by Fitch was brought to her attention Monday morning.

Updated: January 22, 2015, - 01:38 PM

Jury seated in trial of Brian Fitch, man accused of killing cop

A jury has been selected in the trial of a man accused of gunning down Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick and shooting at three St. Paul police officers.

Updated: January 16, 2015, - 09:08 PM

Judge allows evidence about suspect in officer's slaying allegedly plotting to kill witnesses

Six jurors have been seated so far.

Updated: January 15, 2015, - 11:41 PM

Material witness missing in Brian Fitch case, turns up

Six jury members have been seated so far in the high-profile murder case.

Updated: January 15, 2015, - 05:47 AM

Prosecutors say Fitch drew a map to witness' house in plot

Prosecutors say suspect in slaying of cop drew a map to have witnesses killed.

Updated: January 14, 2015, - 04:46 PM

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