Charges deferred in shooting of two year old

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it has deferred charges against Chris Maurice Welch in the death of 2-year-old Le’Vonte Jones.

A deferral means there was insufficient evidence in hand at this time to bring charges against Welch. Minneapolis police expended a great deal of effort and resources in investigating this tragic shooting death. They will continue their investigation and remain in contact with the county attorney’s office. If additional evidence comes in, we will look at it for possible charges.

Welch, who was arrested Thursday, was expected to be released from the Hennepin County Jail late this afternoon.