Jury convicts man in shooting death of friend, assaulting another

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A jury convicted a Minneapolis man for killing one of the people living in his home and assaulting another, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

A Hennepin County jury found Eddie Niles Hubbard, 53, of Minneapolis guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Jeremiah Curtis, 23. He also was convicted of second-degree assault for pointing the gun at Curtis’ girlfriend. The jury returned the verdict Tuesday afternoon after about nine hours of deliberation.

Hubbard will be sentenced June 16 and prosecutors will be asking for significantly more time than recommended by the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, Freeman said.

“The jury found there was an aggravating factor of having shot Mr. Curtis in front of the children,” Freeman said. “This is an unusual case because the defendant had been friends with Mr. Curtis for years. But the oldest children will be scarred by what they witnessed and they all were endangered by his actions, so a sentence of more than the guideline sentence of 103 months is more than justified.”

On May 10, 2013, Hubbard sent a text message telling Curtis and his girlfriend and her four children ranging in age from infant to four to move out of Hubbard’s house at 2934 Girard Ave. N. While the family was upstairs packing, Hubbard shouted out for Curtis to take him to the pharmacy. Curtis refused, saying he was too busy packing.

Hubbard came upstairs with a shotgun and fired one blast at Curtis, hitting him in the stomach, killing him before medics arrived. He then turned the gun on Curtis’ girlfriend and her four young children and ordered her to tell police it was an accident. Then he ran out the back door.