Court dates set for teen in MOA beating of Mark Andrew

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 9:39 PM

Court dates were set Thursday in the case of Deea Leshawn Elliott, the 17-year-old Minneapolis girl who was charged in the beating of a former Minneapolis mayoral candidate at the Mall of America.

A hearing for motions from the defense will take place Jan. 23, according to Paul Young, division chief of violent crime in the Anoka County attorney’s office.

He said that a pretrial hearing on prosecutors’ motion that Elliott be certified by a judge to stand trial as an adult will be held Feb 3. The trial will start Feb. 11.

Elliott was charged with two felony counts of aggravated first-degree robbery and one felony count of second-degree assault against Mark Andrew, who was beaten when he chased a boy who stole his iPhone from a Starbucks at the Mall of America.

Bloomington police arrested a 15-year-old boy Wednesday on suspicion of stealing the phone and booked him at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center on a count of first-degree robbery.

Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain, 18, of Brooklyn Park, was also charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of second-degree assault.

The case is being handled by Anoka County because of a potential conflict of interest. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is a friend of Andrew’s and endorsed him in last fall’s mayoral election.

Maya Rao

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