Minneapolis man pleads guilty to killing homeless man with baseball bat

  • Updated: March 9, 2009 - 11:16 PM

Jon Fitzgerald Posey, 44, was charged with first-degree murder in the August beating death of Brian Wayne Lumbar.

A Minneapolis man who confessed to killing another man at a homeless camp last summer has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Jon Fitzgerald Posey, 44, was charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of Brian Wayne Lumbar, 47, with a baseball bat. He will be sentenced on April 8 in Hennepin County District Court.

Lumbar's body was found the morning of Aug. 3 in the 600 block of Olson Highway, a commercial district near downtown Minneapolis. Officers spoke with Posey and noticed he had blood on his shoes, according to the charges. When the officers asked Posey to take off his shoes, he said "he was going to make their job easier" and confessed to killing Lumbar because he thought "Lumbar may kill him sometime in the future," the charges said.

According to the criminal complaint, Posey told police that after he hit Lumbar with the bat, Lumbar tried to run away but he chased him and continued to hit him in the head.

LORA PABST

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