Jury convicts Daniels in Brooklyn Center murder

Monday, March 09, 2015

A jury convicted Antonio Daniels of second-degree murder in a Brooklyn Center shooting, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

The jury deliberated Thursday and Friday before reaching their verdict late Friday afternoon. They also found Daniels, 27, of Minneapolis, guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of 25-year-old Michael McGowan. Daniels will be sentenced on April 3.

About 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2013, police were called to the Super 8 Motel at 6445 James Circle N., where McGowan had collapsed in an entryway. He was pronounced dead by medics and the autopsy found he had been shot in the chest.

Witnesses said that the shooting happened in the parking lot at the adjacent Days Inn. Daniels and a group of men he was with got into a fistfight with some other men, including McGowan. Daniels pulled out a gun and shot McGowan. During the trial, Daniels claimed he shot in self-defense but the jury did not accept that and concluded he committed murder.