Minneapolis woman charged with killing man found dead in snowbank

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH
  • Star Tribune
  • March 17, 2014 - 9:31 PM

A 28-year-old Minneapolis woman was charged Monday with shooting a man to death on a south Minneapolis street earlier this month.

Maureen Ndidiamaka Onyelobi was charged in Hennepin County with second-degree murder in the March 8 death of Anthony Fairbanks, 23, of Minneapolis. Police found Fairbanks, who was shot in the head, dead in a snowbank on the 2700 block of Longfellow Avenue S.

According to the charges, Fairbanks reportedly was on the phone shortly before he was killed, telling the person on the other end of the line that he was coming alone. His cellphone records led police to Onyelobi.

She was arrested on March 11 on a drug charge. While in custody, investigators found a key in her pocket that led them to a storage unit and a safe that contained a 9mm handgun that they believed was used to kill Fairbanks.

Police learned that Fairbanks, along with Onyelobi’s boyfriend, had recently been indicted in a federal drug case. Police said jail phone records show that Onyelobi spoke to her boyfriend on March 8 and that he reportedly told her “something needed to be done” about a man who might be talking to police.

Surveillance video shows that Onyelobi visited the storage unit shortly before Fairbanks was killed and then afterward. A van that she owns was seen leaving the scene shortly after Fairbanks was killed.

The van also was seen on the surveillance video at the storage area.

Mary Lynn Smith

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