Jury finds brothers guilty in stabbing of two men


A Hennepin County District Court jury found Cornelius Berdell Green and Devon Larry Green guilty of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Brothers Cornelius Green, 24, and Devon Green, 25, were each convicted of two counts of attempted second-degree murder on Tuesday for a stabbing that occurred in downtown Minneapolis on January 9, 2016. The trial lasted six days and the jury deliberated for one day. Sentencing is scheduled for May 18. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is seeking 306 months in prison for Cornelius Green, and 346 months for Devon Green.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Minneapolis police were flagged down by one victim near First Avenue North and Third Street North. The victim was bleeding severely from his face and head.  As officers rendered aid, they learned a second victim from the same attack was lying on the sidewalk on Second Avenue North.  

The victim who flagged down the officers suffered four stab wounds to his face and head, including one that penetrated the base of his skull. He told police that he was held by two individuals, as he was being stabbed by a third. It was later discovered that the second victim was stabbed in the neck, severing his jugular vein and cutting his carotid artery approximately 40 percent.  

Witnesses who observed the attack told police that they saw five men beating on two men, and then watched as the five suspects jumped into a dark colored Cadillac. Witnesses provided police with the vehicle’s license plate number, the two of them stood by a bloody knife they observed one of the suspects throw from the Cadillac.

Police learned that the black Cadillac was located near Hennepin County Medical Center and officers identified and detained the four men inside. They then learned that the Green brothers had been dropped off at the medical center’s emergency room. Devon Green was being treated for a cut on his hand, which he claimed he received from falling on the ice, according to the complaint.