Murder conviction in Mpls. drug-case shooting

  • Updated: January 26, 2011 - 6:18 AM

A Minneapolis man was convicted Tuesday of murder in a drug-related robbery last January.

A Hennepin County District Court jury found Javaris Eugene Milton, 33, guilty of first-degree murder in the Jan. 2, 2010, shooting death of Dontae D. Johnson. It was Minneapolis' first homicide of 2010.

The jury also convicted Milton of first-degree attempted murder for firing at Johnson's friend.

According to the charges, Johnson was riding around in his van with a friend and decided to "sell some weed." He was parked in north Minneapolis when a man got out of an SUV, went to Johnson's van, pulled two handguns, pointed them at Johnson and his friend and demanded marijuana and the keys to the van.

"What you gonna do, shoot me?" Johnson said, according to the criminal complaint. Milton then fired several shots, the complaint said. Johnson's companion escaped, but Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police tracked Milton through Johnson's cell phone, which had six calls to a cell phone belonging to Milton's brother, charges said. At the crime scene they found shell casings with features matching those of casings found in the stairwell to Milton's apartment and in his SUV.

Milton is to be sentenced Tuesday before Judge Daniel Moreno. He remained Tuesday in the county jail in lieu of $2 million bail.


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