Victim was kicked, strangled and stabbed before he was tossed in snow
An argument between crack-smoking roommates resulted in the beating, strangling and stabbing death of a Minneapolis man whose body was found in the snow last week, according to criminal charges filed Friday.
Alfunda Scruggs, 50, was charged with first and second-degree murder. His girlfriend, Hope Christina Jackson, also known as Hope Cook, 38, was charged with being an accomplice after the fact.
The body of 45-year-old Michael Moulion Fonta was found behind his home Feb. 4 in the 300 block of 8th Street SE.
According to charges against the couple:
• Police found Scruggs and Jackson in the dead man's apartment. Scruggs said that he'd lived with Fonta about a month, and Jackson joined them about two weeks ago, but he had not seen Fonta since Feb. 2.
• Jackson told investigators that she, Scruggs and Fonta had smoked crack in the apartment and Fonta had started calling her "bitch." She said Scruggs got angry, punched Fonta several times and said, "She's my bitch, and I am the only one that can call her that."
• Jackson told police that Scruggs threw Fonta to the floor, kicked him and told Jackson that they'd have to put Fonta on "house arrest because if we let him go, we're going to jail."
• Jackson said her boyfriend grabbed a black strap, sat on Fonta and strangled him, then stabbed him in the neck with a knife or screwdriver until he was motionless.
• Jackson told police that they cleaned the apartment and Scruggs took the body outside.
• In the apartment, police found traces of blood, residue from bleach, a black cord and knives. A dumpster behind the apartment contained garbage bags with bloody sheets, braids of hair and Fonta's wallet.
Scruggs was in the Hennepin County jail on $2 million bail. Jackson's bail was set at $1 million.
Abby Simons • 612-673-4921