Suspected gang leader guilty of Mpls. alley murder

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 21, 2012 - 11:18 PM

A suspected gang leader has been convicted in the shooting death of a 23-year-old man in a north Minneapolis alley.

William L. Lane, 26, of Plymouth, was found guilty by a Hennepin County jury late Wednesday of second-degree murder and now faces up to 34 years in prison.

Lane, the suspected leader of the Emerson Murder Boys gang, shot Christopher D. Dozier, of Minneapolis, on Aug. 31, 2009, in an alley in the 1400 block of Plymouth Avenue N.

A witness reported seeing Dozier limp to his SUV that night and drive off. Soon after, police found him dead in his vehicle in an alley nearby after he ran into a utility pole.

Authorities attributed his death to being shot in the pelvis.

Lane was arrested nearly three months later in a northeast Minneapolis apartment, when police determined that he had returned from Chicago..

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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