- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) - A St. Paul man is charged with killing a father of two during an apparent home invasion in Maplewood last month.

Thirty-year-old Brandon Lamar Cooper was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the Nov. 7 shooting death of 31-year-old Justin Niles Wright.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1NZDIs2) says Cooper reportedly is part of a burglary ring that targets marijuana dealers. Cooper already was in custody in connection with a Minneapolis burglary.

According to the complaint, Wright’s girlfriend told officers she awoke to a strange voice just outside the bedroom saying, “Tell me where it’s at.” She said Wright also was in the hallway and she saw him lunge toward a dark figure, and then heard a single gunshot.

Wright’s two children were not home. His girlfriend was not hurt.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com

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