One of three people charged with the fatal assault of a 38-year-old man on St. Paul's East Side in March pleaded guilty on Tuesday to second-degree murder.
Carlos Yobani-Flores Amador, 38, admitted in Ramsey County District Court to biting the victim during an attack that also included the use of a screwdriver, samurai sword and other weapons, authorities say.
The victim, Andrew W. Braun, was killed over a $12,000 drug debt, according to second-degree murder charges filed against Amador and two co-defendants: Maria H. Luna and Santana M. Valdez.
Braun's body was found about 1:40 a.m. March 19 on the front porch of his home in the 700 block of E. Lawson Avenue. He had suffered blunt-force injuries and stab wounds.
According to the charges, Luna told police that she, Valdez and Amador went to Braun's house on March 18 to collect money he owed them for methamphetamine they had supplied. Valdez said that he sprayed the victim in the face with hair spray and that Amador used a screwdriver on Braun.
Amador faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 26 by District Judge Gregg Johnson.
Luna and Valdez are scheduled for pretrial hearings on Sept. 12.