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Chicago man arrested in south Minneapolis murder

Posted by: Randy Furst under People and neighborhoods, Public safety, Urban living Updated: December 14, 2012 - 10:51 AM

A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday in Chicago for the shooting murder of a St. Paul man whose body was found in an alley in south Minneapolis in the early morning hours of Nov. 7.

Steven John Williams of Chicago was picked up on a arrest warrant after second degree intentional murder charges were filed on Wednesday, according to a Minneapolis Police Department news release.

Williams is accused of killing Michael Hayden, 29. Hayden and Williams knew each other and were having a dispute over the alleged theft of money, according to information gathered by Minneapolis homicide investigators Ann Kjos and Luis Porras, the news release said.

Police from the Third Precinct were first alerted to the shooting when they responded to a report of the sound of gunfire in the 2100 block of 10th Av. South just before 3 a.m. on Nov. 7, a Wednesday.

When officers arrived, they found Hayden’s body in an alley between 10th and 11th Aves., the victim of gunshot wounds. Police located surveillance video from a McDonald's retaurant and a witness account that placed the Williams and Hayden together just before the homicide occurred.

The Hennepin County attorney’s office filed criminal charges against Williams on Wednesday and an arrest warrant was issued. Police said Williams is in custody in Chicago.

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