ST. CLOUD – A Stearns County grand jury has indicted four St. Cloud residents in the death of 25-year-old Keisa M. Lange, who was shot in the head and found on the side of a St. Cloud road in early June.
The suspects — Kenneth J. Carter, 26; DeAntae D. Davis, 23; Angela R. Jones, 33; and Alicia M. Lewis, 36 — originally were charged with one felony count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
The grand jury on Thursday indicted the four on multiple counts. Carter, Davis and Jones now each face four felony counts related to Lange's death, including first-degree premeditated murder, aiding and abetting first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Lewis faces three felony counts: abetting first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
According to court documents, the defendants took Lange to a secluded area off S. Cooper Avenue, where she was shot and left on the ground at the end of a cul-de-sac.
St. Cloud police found Lange's body about 9:30 a.m. June 3. While canvassing the area, investigators found two men who said they heard gunshots between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. and saw a white, four-door sedan driving north on Cooper Avenue.
Authorities determined that Lange, whom they list as without a permanent address, had last stayed at a residence in the 1000 block of S. 5th Avenue in St. Cloud.
During the investigation, authorities discovered surveillance footage showing a white Ford Fusion entering a lot near the 5th Avenue address about 7 a.m. June 3. Another witness told police they saw Lange in the car with the four defendants at a gas station on the south side of St. Cloud about 9 a.m. June 3.
According to the charges, police found the vehicle the next day at Jones' residence in the 600 block of N. 8th Avenue.
Officials searched through garbage at the residence and found a note referencing "a woman working for the feds," according to court documents.
Witnesses at a residence in the 1000 block of Washington Memorial Drive told police they saw the defendants cleaning the interior and exterior of the car using household cleaning products. Jones told authorities that the four defendants burned their clothes and destroyed their phones, according to court documents.
In Minnesota, a grand jury indictment is required for trial on any crimes carrying a sentence of life imprisonment, according to court administration. Grand jury witnesses included a doctor, as well as representatives from the St. Cloud Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
All four defendants remained in custody.
Jenny Berg • 612-673-7299