Second suspect charged in September murder


One man was charged last fall in the September shooting death of Eulalio Gonzalez-Sanchez. But further investigation resulted in murder charges against another man suspected of pulling the trigger.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Thursday charged Montrell Maurice Webster, 18, of Brooklyn Park with first-degree murder. All first-degree murder cases, which carry a sentence of life in prison, must be taken to a grand jury for an indictment and the county attorney’s office plans to do that soon.

Jeremiah Blackwell, 20, was charged with second-degree murder in October for Gonzalez-Sanchez’s death. According to the criminal complaints, Gonzalez-Sanchez got off a bus about 6:15 a.m. Sept. 21 and was shot dead less than 15 minutes later in the 2200 block of Seventh St. N.E. His cell phone was missing and his wallet was near his body.

After Blackwell was eventually linked to the murder, police saw video of Blackwell, his father, brother  and Webster buying ammunition for the murder weapon at a Walmart. Police interviewed Webster several times, but he denied knowing where he was on Sept. 21. Finally, on Wednesday, Webster told police he was with Blackwell during the robbery of Gonzalez-Sanchez and fired the fatal shots, according to the criminal complaint.

Webster Criminal Complaint (PDF)