Jury finds woman guilty of second degree murder in shooting at Augie’s

Monday, February 01, 2016

After deliberating for parts of four days, a jury found Jasmine Nicole Jones guilty of second degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Jones, 30, of St. Paul, was found guilty in the shooting death of Lakisha Marie Neal, 32, of Minneapolis, that occurred at Augie’s Cabaret in downtown Minneapolis in the early morning hours of October 18, 2014.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses said the two women has been feuding for a while. Jones approached Neal in the club at 424 Hennepin Ave. and they got into a verbal argument that quickly become physical. Bouncers separated the two women and they then moved toward the back of the nightclub. Witnesses reported that Jones pulled out a handgun and shot Neal in the head before fleeing out the back door.  Neal was pronounced dead at the scene.

Surveillance video at the club captured the entire incident, including Jones pulling out a handgun and shooting Neal.

Jones turned herself into the Hennepin County Jail later on the day of the shooting and brought a 9mm handgun with her. She had been free on bail, but was taken into custody after the verdict was read. Sentencing will be at 1:30 p.m. on March 14.