Myers guilty in shooting death of innocent bystander
A Burnsville man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a drive-by shooting just before the jury for his trial was to be sworn in, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.
Reginald Myers, 35, will be sentenced July 24 in the murder of Adrian Carr, a 35-year-old St. Louis Park man. Myers is expected to receive 27 years in prison as part of the agreement where prosecutors dropped the first-degree murder indictment.
“This is a very good outcome and it shows once again that this office and the Minneapolis Police Department are very good at arresting and locking away violent criminals,” Freeman said. “Unfortunately, more work needs to be done on the front end to reduce these deadly shootings, especially of innocent people like Adrian Carr.”
Myers admitted in court Monday that on Feb. 23, 2014 just before 4 p.m., he was the passenger in a car driven by Shane McPike. They saw Carr and another man on Snelling Avenue and came back around because they thought Carr was a man with whom they had once had a fight.
In fact, Carr was simply removing some items from his sports utility vehicle and he was inside when McPike and Myers came driving north on Snelling Avenue. Myers fired at least six shots into Carr’s SUV and one of the bullets hit Carr in the head, killing him.
In court, Myers admitted that he and McShane were completely wrong, that Carr was not the man they were looking for and that they did not know Carr.
McPike earlier pleaded guilty to aiding an offender and a felon in possession of a firearm.
Criminal Complaint (PDF)