Minneapolis man pleads guilty in shooting death

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Eugene Watkins pleaded guilty in a shooting death as his case was about to go to trial, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Watkins, 19, of Minneapolis agreed to plead guilty Tuesday and is expected to receive 30 years in prison at his sentencing March 7.  He fired the shots that killed 19-year-old Jordan Adams.

According to the criminal complaint, just before 3:30 p.m. on May 6, Watkins went to an apartment at 2101 Third Ave. S. with two other men to buy marijuana from Adams. However, once inside the apartment Watkins pulled out a gun and told one of Adams’ friends to hand over all of the drug. Adams also pulled out a gun and the two men began shooting at each other. Watkins was wounded in the exchange and was later arrested at the hospital. Adams was taken by ambulance to the hospital and died a short time later.