Two men are charged with murder in the June killing of a man shot outside a St. Paul bar.
Charles E. Frye, 37, and Justin D. Reynolds, 29, both of St. Paul, were each charged in mid-June with one count of second-degree murder with intent for the June 11 shooting of Carlos M. Rogers. A woman who was with Rogers, 28, identified both men in a photo lineup and said that Reynolds shot Rogers in the head.
Rogers died of a gunshot wound to the face. The shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, was possibly connected to the 2011 killing of Dekot Galtney.
According to the criminal complaints: Rogers and a few friends were at Born's Bar, 899 Rice Street, when Rogers got into a disagreement with a bouncer and was escorted to the front of the bar. Outside the bar, Rogers' group encountered Frye, Reynolds and their female companion about 1:26 a.m.
The woman took a swing at Rogers, and Rogers' female friend began fighting with the woman. Rogers and another man broke up the fight. Then Frye allegedly swung at Rogers.
Rogers' friend hit Frye, who struggled with Rogers and fell to the ground, the charges said.
"Frye yelled to Reynolds, 'Get that [expletive]!' " according to the complaints. "Reynolds then raised up a gun and shot Rogers in the head from a distance of several feet."
Frye, Reynolds and their friend fled in vehicle, the complaints said.
An anonymous caller tipped police off to a partial license plate number, which authorities traced to Frye's longtime girlfriend.
Rogers' friend identified the two men in a photo lineup and told police there was bad blood between Rogers and Frye and Reynolds over Galtney's killing. The charges do not specify the nature of that conflict.