2nd person charged in murder in Mpls. of man pounced on 'like a trampoline'

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 8:59 PM

A second suspect has been charged in the death of a Hopkins man whose attackers jumped on his prone body.

A second person has been charged in the death of a Hopkins man whose body was used "like a trampoline" while several of his attackers jumped from a north Minneapolis retaining wall onto his chest.

Deandre M. Stokes, 25, of Minneapolis, was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder in the death of Kerry Duane Scott, 41, on Nov. 17. He remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail after a court appearance Friday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness told police that a number of people, including Crips gang members and Scott, were inside a house in the 3300 block of Girard Avenue N. late at night, when three men began kicking and punching Scott in the kitchen before dragging him outside and continuing to beat him.

Three males were seen taking turns jumping from a retaining wall onto Scott's chest and abdomen "like a trampoline," a witness told police.

In the moments before the attack, at least one of the men had accused Scott of stealing something.

Officers called to the scene found Scott bleeding from the head.

Stokes was arrested Tuesday. Under questioning by investigators, he admitted kicking Scott, the complaint continued.

Charged earlier this month was Jacquin M. Boyd, of Minneapolis. Boyd was charged in juvenile court, but prosecutors are seeking to have him stand trial as an adult.

A witness told police that Boyd yelled, "I'm a killer," as he helped beat Scott.

PAUL WALSH

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