Minneapolis man charged in '05 drive-by killing

  • Updated: October 26, 2007 - 7:25 PM

The search for the killer of a 24-year-old Minneapolis man in 2005 ended Friday with the filing of first-degree murder charges.

The search for the killer of a 24-year-old Minneapolis man in 2005 ended Friday with the filing of first-degree murder charges.

Artaives Brown, of Minneapolis, was shot to death after a confrontation with Marcus Champs, 20, at a Roosevelt High School basketball game Feb. 22.

Afterward, both men drove off in their cars, but Champs started to chase Brown, according to the charges. Champs caught up to Brown at E. 37th Street and Cedar Avenue S., pulled in front of his car and shot five times about 9 p.m., the court document said.

Somebody in Brown's car drove him to the hospital, where he died.

Although Champs was 17 at the time, he will automatically stand trial as an adult because he was charged with first-degree murder.

At the time of the homicide, police said Champs was a member of a gang. His mother denied it, but said some of his relatives were gang members.

Brown was expecting a child shortly before he was killed.

DAVID CHANEN

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