Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff
Kyle Edward Hickman, whose charges this blog reported on yesterday based on jail roster info, apparently even before prosecutors had finished writing the criminal complaint, is charged with the murder of Parrish Gray. The criminal complaint shows ONLY ONE CHARGE (unlike the jail roster) which is "accomplice after the fact."
Gray had a criminal record of drug and swindle convictions but, in the customary way, was said to have been "just starting to turn his life around." Gray's full name was Parrish Cassini Lofton Gray, and at least one media report names him as "Cassini Gray."
Here is the criminal complaint, word for word. Keep in mind these are merely allegations made by highly trained, usually successful criminal prosecutors who have thought long and hard before filing this kind of thing, but MERE allegations, (of freaking MURDER) none the less...
Complainant Eric Fors of the Minneapolis Police Department has investigated the facts and circumstances of this offense and believes the following establishes probable cause:
On or about June 5, 2012, a Minneapolis police officer was approached by a vehicle near Broadway and Emerson. The occupants of the vehicle told police that one of the passengers had been shot. He was subsequently identified (victim), and pronounced dead by paramedics who arrived at the scene.
(JNS blog notes: the word "victim" is in parenthesis just like this. This criminal complaint may have been drafted and filed before prosecutors even had a NAME)
Investigators later interviewed the three surviving occupants of the vehicle. Each stated the car they were in was shot at near the intersection of 18th Avenue North and Irving Avenue North.
(JNS says: Please note, Kyle Hickman lives right there at 1715 Irving Ave. N.)
Minneapolis Officers responded to this area and located discharged shell casings (DCCs) on the west side of Irving Avenue. Your Affiant interviewed the driver of the Cadillac, identified as L.W.
L.W. described a person shooting at his vehicle as a black male in his late teens or early twenties, average height, thin build, wearing shorts.
A witness identified as T.M. was located in the area of 18th and Irving. He told police he observed a black male he knew as "Kyle," wearing a blue short and white shorts run into his residence at 1715 Irving Ave. N. He also observe (sic) another black male wearing a white t-shirt and plaid colored shorts running from the area of the gun shots and across the front yard of 1715 Irving Ave. N.
Police spoke with the occupants of the home at 1715 Irving Ave. N. and identified one of them as KYLE EDWARD HICKMAN, DOB 1/23/1994. Hickman first told police he was outside with Rob (later identified as witness R.A.) and heard the gunshots, but did not see anything. After several minutes, Hickman changed his story, and claimed he had been outside with "Rob." When police asked Hickman who was wearing plaid shorts, Hickman's mother, P.H, interjected, indicating that "J-Rock" had been wearing plaid shorts.
(JNS notes: There are some extraneous and actually incorrect commas in this complaint. They are driving me crazy. I'm taking them out. For some reason the person writing this complaint thinks a comma always belongs before something in quote marks like "Rob" or "J-Rock")
(I assume "P.H." is Patricia J. Hickman, listed as owner of the house)
She elaborated that she heard the shots and went outside to yell at Hickman to get inside the house. As she did so, she observed "J-Rock" running towards her residence and making reference to shots being fired. She indicated that "J-Rock" came inside her residence, and that he and Kyle Hickman went to the basement of her residence together, where they were for approximately one half hour.
In the early morning hours of June 6, 2012, a search warrant was subsequently executed at 1715 Irving Avenue North, and a 9 mm handgun was found in the basement laundry room. The gun was wrapped in a white plastic bag with paper towels and two 9 mm rounds. The gun smelled like rubbing alcohol, and felt cold and wet to the touch.
Investigators checked the police data bases searching for the identity of "J-Rock." They determined that this was actually Jaylin Deshawn Dubose, DOB 4/21/1994, who appeared in prior police reports with Kyle Hickman. In subsequent interviews, Hickman would positively identify Dubose as "J-Rock." He would also identify "Rob" as witness "R.A." In the interviews, Hickman's version of events was not consistent, and he was telling investigators facts they knew were not true. For example, he claimed that witness E.T. was not present at the time of the shooting, which investigators had learned from other witnesses to be false.
Hickman was eventually booked and placed under arrest. He would later contact investigators, and ask that they speak with him again. He was Mirandized, and in the subsequently recorded interviews, stated that "J-Rock" shot at the Cadillac and then ran into his house.
(JNS says: Violation of pronoun rule. By the rules of grammar, "his" refers to "J-Rock." So that would make it J-Rock's house. Only it's NOT J-Rock's house, it's Kyle's house, obviously)
Hickman described the location and condition of the gun consistently with where and how it was discovered by officers, and described observing J-Rock wipe down the gun with rubbing alcohol, and hide it in his basement.
(JNS says: See previous comment about violation of pronoun rule)
Investigators spoke with witness R.A. on June 7, 2012. R.A. told them that at the time of the shooting, he was present with J-Rock and E.T., walking southbound on Irving Avenue South.
(JNS says: Not frigging likely. I'm sure you mean Irving Avenue NORTH)
They observed a squad car that was involved in a traffic stop, and J-Rock indicated he didn't feel comfortable walking by the squad, and peeled off from the group. R.A. was vague about what happened next, but he stated that J-Rock was near the corner when the gunfire started, and would only indicate that it was "possible" that J-Rock had fired the gun. R.A. stated he fled the scene with E.T., whom was also present when the shots were fired.
Witness E.T. spoke with investigators on June 7, 2012. He indicated that he was present in front of 1715 Irving Avenue North at the time of the shooting. E.T. stated that he was with Kyle Hickman, Witness R.A., and Jaylin Deshawn Dubose, whom he knows as "J-Rock." E.T. stated that he observed a silver Cadillac driving northbound on Irving Avenue No.
E.T. stated that he observed the defendant walk from the front of the 1715 Irving residence towards the Cadillac, which had stopped at a stop sign at 18th Avenue.
Witness E.T. stated he heard gunshots from the area where the defendant had approached the Cadillac, and then observed the defendant run back towards the residence of 1715 Irving immediately after the shots.
E.T. stated he ran from the area after the shots. E.T. stated he spoke to "J-Rock" on June 6, 2012, and that J-Rock had indicated he shot at the Cadillac because it was driving "janky."
(JNS says: Dear god, it's the SECOND "janky" North Minneapolis shooting, click here for the previous one!)
Police have been actively searching for Dubose, but have not been able to locate him as of June 7, 2012.
(Thus ends the criminal complaint)