A 20-year-old St. Paul man who is accused of fatally shooting a 19-year-old man in the chest on a north Minneapolis street was arrested the next day with the suspected murder weapon in his possession.
He was released from jail before he could be implicated and charged in the killing, according to a criminal complaint.
Brion Q. Overton was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder in the June 3 death of Tyrone E. Lyles, 19, of Richfield. Overton was charged by warrant and remains a fugitive.
According to the complaint and other court records:
Officers were called about 9 p.m. to N. 15th Avenue., between Irving and Humboldt avenues, and found Lyles dead in the street.
Overton was arrested in St. Paul the next day with two handguns on him and charged with possessing a gun without a permit, a gross misdemeanor.
Overton posted bond on June 6 and left the jail, then missed a hearing two days later on the gun charge. He remained at large Thursday.
Through DNA testing, authorities later determined that one of the guns was used by Overton to kill Lyles. Overton’s DNA was on the trigger, and Lyles’ DNA was on the muzzle.
Three days after the killing, police reviewed Lyles’ cellphone records and found that his last call was to a phone listed for Overton.
Also, Lyles’ phone number was listed several times on Overton’s phone in the time leading up to the shooting.
“The shooting seemed to be over a small drug deal,” the county attorney’s office said in a statement announcing the charges.