Murder charge in shooting death outside Minneapolis church

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Minneapolis man was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of another young man outside a North Minneapolis church, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Jontrel Marquise Bolden, was also charged with felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the Oct. 14 death of 19-year-old Elija Larkin outside New Bethel Baptist Church, 1115 30th Ave. N. The criminal complaint against Bolden was signed Oct. 23 as a warrant and he was captured in Chicago earlier this month and returned by Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies to Minneapolis.

Bolden made his first court appearance Tuesday and bail was set at $1 million. His next court appearance is Dec. 18.

According to the criminal complaint, about 6:15 p.m., Larkin got off a Metro Transit bus near Emerson and 30th Avenues North. About the same time, Bolden also got off a bus. The two saw each other and got into an argument that quickly turned physical. Witnesses and surveillance cameras saw Bolden pull out a gun and fire about a half-dozen shots at Larkin, the complaint states. Larkin made his way to the church and collapsed inside.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)