Murder charge against man who shot father in front of children


A 32-year-old Minneapolis man is expected to make his first court appearance today after being charged with murder in a weekend shooting, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.


James Woodard was charged with second-degree murder in the Friday evening shooting death of 32-year-old Divittin Hoskins. Woodard turned himself into police Tuesday. Prosecutors are seeking bail of $2 million.


According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the parking area behind the apartments at 1621 Plymouth Ave. N. about 8:40 p.m. Friday. Hoskins had been shot once in the head.


Witnesses and surveillance video indicate that Woodard walked to a garage and hid next to it. A second man walked up to Woodard several times from the parking lot and spoke to him. Eventually, Hoskins drove into the parking lot and was walking toward the building with his children, the complaint states.


The second man appeared to signal Woodard, who then ran from his hiding spot, pulled a gun from his waist band and fired a single shot to the back of the victim’s head, in front of the children, and then ran away, according to the complaint.


Investigation continues into the role of the second man.



Criminal Complaint (PDF)