Two men were charged Friday in the April killing of Rondell Quantrell Dunn in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood.

Matthew M. Garland, 20, the suspected shooter, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count of second-degree murder. Silk Lesure, 23, the suspected getaway driver, was charged with the same count. Both men, who are cousins, are St. Paul residents.

The criminal complaints filed against both men didn’t provide a clear motive, but referenced a gang fight that preceded the shooting.

According to the complaints: On April 11, Lesure, his girlfriend and Garland arrived at a gas station on Maryland Avenue near Duluth Street in a Saturn Vue. The two men exited the car and watched a gang fight in the parking lot.

A St. Paul police gang investigator arrived at the scene and saw Lesure acting as a referee, with Garland at his side wearing a red Polo baseball cap.

About 2:17 p.m. on April 17, the Saturn Vue drove south on St. Albans Street and turned on Central Avenue. Garland, wearing dark clothing and a red Polo baseball cap, retraced the car’s path.

Garland walked north on St. Albans and Dunn, 25, walked south on the same street.

“Garland passed Dunn with his hands in his pockets,” the complaint said. “After walking a few more steps, Garland turned around and shot Dunn.”

The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Dunn fled on foot and motioned for a child nearby to call 911. Dunn later died at the scene from two gunshot wounds in the back.

Garland’s red cap fell at the scene and he fled on foot, the charges allege. The child Dunn had motioned to told authorities that he also saw a suspect matching Garland’s description get into a car and yell, “Go, go, go, cuz!”

Garland was later arrested in Chicago and is in custody in Illinois awaiting extradition. Lesure was arrested on April 17 for a hit-and-run accident that occurred shortly after the shooting.

In other court news, Benjamin L. Harris, 29, was convicted Friday of second-degree murder with intent, second-degree murder without intent and first-degree aggravated robbery for the unrelated killing of Jason L. Mikulak, 41, on Sept. 1 in the 1200 block of Galtier Street.

Harris fatally shot Mikulak during an attempted robbery.

 

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