Cell phone trail leads to murder charge in fatal shooting


A 20-year-old St. Paul man was charged with fatally shooting a man standing in a North Minneapolis street last month, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Brion Quantrial Overton was charged with second-degree murder in the June 3 shooting death of Tyrone E. Lyles, 19 of Richfield.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to 15th Avenue North, near Irving Avenue, about 8:55 p.m. on June 3 and found Lyles lying in the street, dead from a gunshot wound to the left chest. Two witnesses reported that Lyles had been talking on his cell phone while walking and put the phone away when he approached a man standing by a Buick LeSabre car.

Through interviews of several people who knew Lyles, and a search of his cell phone, Minneapolis police were able to discover the link to Overton. They also learned that the day after the murder, Overton was arrested in St. Paul and had two .40 caliber handguns on him. Testing found Overton’s DNA on the trigger of one gun, and some of Lyles’ DNA on the muzzle of that same gun. The shooting seemed to be over a small drug deal, the complaint states.

Criminal complaint (PDF)