Second-degree murder charge in domestic Brooklyn Park shooting

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY
  • Star Tribune
  • April 13, 2012 - 11:22 PM

A 19-year-old Brooklyn Center man was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ashantai Nicole Finch at a Brooklyn Park home.

Dymond Rene Hayden allegedly shot Finch, 32, in the chest late Tuesday night and then ran upstairs from the basement and asked Finch's sister and brother-in-law to call 911, according to court documents. Finch and Hayden had been staying in the sister and brother-in-law's home, the documents said.

In another case that has gripped Brooklyn Park, authorities continued to search for the suspect who shot to death DeLois Brown, a home day-care provider, and her parents, Clover Dale Bolden, 81, and James Henry Bolden, 82, early Monday. The two cases are not related, officials said.

According to the court complaint against Hayden, Finch's sister thought Finch and Hayden had been having "relationship issues for some time." Finch's brother-in-law told authorities the couple fought daily.

Finch appeared distraught when she came home Tuesday night, the sister told police, according to the complaint. Finch said that Hayden had been "getting on her nerves" and that she needed space from him, the sister said.

The sister told police that her husband and their child were sleeping when she heard a scream followed by a "pop" and Hayden ran up the stairs saying "Call 911, Call 911." He told her, "The gun went off. We were playing with the gun," according to the complaint.

After police arrived shortly before midnight, they found Finch with a single gunshot wound. Attempts to revive her failed.

As officers detained Hayden, he said at one point, "Oh, my God. What did I do?" according to the complaint.

He experienced breathing difficulties and was taken to North Memorial Medical Center for treatment. Afterward, he told police it was Finch's gun that went off, one she had bought for her own safety. He said he heard a gunshot, entered the room and found her on the floor, bleeding from a self-inflicted wound.

When police challenged his story, Hayden said that he was handling the gun and that it accidentally went off, the complaint said.

Hayden could receive up to 40 years if convicted of second-degree murder. He also is charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

Paul Levy • 612-673-4419

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