This is what I know from looking at the jail roster, and I'm not going to say more than what I know, and here we go...
Charles Thomas Ortley (DOB 5/19/1990) was arrested on March 13 and held on two charges of second degree, non-premeditated murder. (Addendum, April 2: The jail roster has a maddening tendency to use the word "murder" when it's nothing more than attempted murder. This was one of those instances. The headline of this blog article has been changed, as well, by addition of the word "attempted.")
There were also two charges of assault, great bodily harm. However, after a court appearance on March 22, the murder and assault charges were dismissed. Court records show he pleaded guilty to "Burglary, First Degree, Possess Dangerous Weapon or Explosive." Ortley is now headed for prison for 78 months with credit for 428 days served.
Orley's address listed on the jail roster is 3018 21st Ave. S. in Minneapolis.
There is a Charles Ortley (unknown if it's the same one) whose name turns up in association with a September 19, 2011 incident in North Minneapolis, as follows:
In-Custody. 11-282,171. ROBPAG. 2601 Longfellow Av. Two Asian males and a W/M were approached on the street by four I/M’s, assaulted and robbed at gunpoint. Officers responding to the area located four suspects walking nearby and they were arrested after a positive show up. Officers later recovered a handgun. AP-Charles Ortley and AP-Seth Hanks-Burns were brought to HCJ. Two other juvenile I/M’s were arrested and brought to JDC. Sgts. Carpenter and McLean are assigned this case. AP-Ortley and AP-Seth Hanks-Burns, along with a juvenile male, were each charged with Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree.
But in regard to more recent events in court: the murder charges did not stick but Ortley is headed to prison for a long stretch on a burglary charge.
But at one time, prosecutors thought Ortley had committed murder.
Twice, it would appear.
So who were the alleged victims?
That's the mystery.