This week, a mother and her son were arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in North St. Paul, and the victim’s girlfriend was also arrested. Second-degree murder charges have been filed against La Vida Rose Martinez, 19, and Steven Terry, also 19, for a shooting that occurred Monday night in an apartment complex on McKnight Road, between 7th Avenue East and South Avenue East.
Kimberly, Terry’s mother, is also under investigation for firearm ownership due to the lack of a serial number. On June 19 at around 6:15 p.m., police received a call about a man with a gun and someone shouting, “He’s dead!” It’s over! The victim, a 24-year-old guy, was discovered by police inside his residence with a gunshot wound to the head.
Police also discovered a 3D printer, a money counter, ammunition, rifle magazines, and unlocked, empty gun safes. According to the allegations, the suspect apparently used the 3D printer to create lower receivers for pistols. The victim had posted pictures of thousands of dollars in cash on social media before the shooting, which police claim is now missing from the flat.
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The victim’s girlfriend along with a mother and son are facing charges connected to a deadly shooting in North St. Paul this week. https://t.co/H0fvATKnho
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The cops discovered a duffel bag full of fake firearms dumped not far from the crime scene. After speaking with the victim’s family, authorities were able to link Martinez, the victim’s current girlfriend, and her ex-boyfriend Terry to the crime scene, where shots were fired.
A relative of the victim told authorities that shots had been fired at the victim’s car days before the murder. Two minors are also included in the allegations as being present at the time of the shooting. Steven Terry allegedly told police that Martinez had brought him to the victim’s apartment and was “feeding him Gabapentin pills” (a nerve pain medication that can be abused by certain people).
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Terry said he had a panic attack and had to leave the scene before shots were discharged. An informant informed police that the teens’ original plan was to rob the victim of the ghost weapons, but that one of them ended up shooting him. Whether or not either child is currently in protective custody is unknown.
When Kimberly and Steven Terry were apprehended, a gun was discovered in a backpack, leading to the charges against Kimberly Terry. Kimberly, despite her son’s protests, is accused of saying she found the gun.
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