Jury finds Minneapolis man guilty of second-degree murder

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Hennepin County District Court jury found Chris Scott (AKA Marcell Scott) guilty of second-degree intentional murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Scott, 40, of Minneapolis was convicted in the shooting death of Travis Tyler Washington, 30, in June of last year. Scott was also found guilty of possession of a firearm, from which he is prohibited as a result of a prior conviction.

In the trial, which lasted two weeks, Scott’s attorneys claimed he was not the shooter. But the jury did not believe it. They deliberated for only three hours before reaching their guilty verdict on Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 16, 2016, police officers responded to a report of shots fired at a residence on 35th Street & Knox Avenue North in Minneapolis. Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses who said they heard gun shots inside a house and saw two men leave out the front door. While speaking with these witnesses, officers heard a woman screaming. She ran outside with a baby in her arms and said her boyfriend had been shot. The woman said she had just arrived home and was surprised to see the front door open. She walked in and found Washington lying in a pool of blood.

Officers entered the residence and observed Washington on the dining room floor with multiple bullet wounds in his back, side, legs, and one to his face. He was declared dead at the scene. The crime lab recovered numerous shell casings at the scene and processed for fingerprints. Several of the fingerprints lifted matched Scott.

The medical examiner conducted an autopsy on Washington and identified 10 bullet wounds throughout the body.

During the trial, a witness who was present at the time of the shooting testified that he observed Scott pull a gun from his waistband and shoot Washington multiple times. City surveillance cameras, phone records, and other witness testimony corroborated the eyewitness testimony.

Washington's family wept as the guilty verdict was read. Scott will be sentenced on July 10 and is expected to receive approximately 30 years in prison.