Murder conviction means life sentence for Nigeria Harvey
Nigeria Harvey was convicted of first-degree murder and will automatically receive life in prison without parole when he is sentenced Tuesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.
The Hennepin County District Court Jury returned the verdict late Friday afternoon against the 25-year-old Minneapolis man after deliberating all day. The jury convicted him in the murder of 23-year-old Omarr Johnson and attempted first-degree murder of Antwan Andrews. They acquitted him of first-degree murder during a robbery and attempted first-degree murder during a robbery.
According to the criminal complaint, shortly after midnight on July 27, 2015, Andrews was sitting in the driver’s seat and Johnson in the passenger seat of a car parked at 34th and Morgan Avenues North. They were going to meet with Harvey and were not surprised when he climbed into the backseat.
Andrews turned to speak to him, but Harvey pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. Andrews played dead and he heard Johnson get out of the car and then Andrews heard more shots. He then felt Harvey digging through his pants pockets, the complaint states.
Andrews survived the shot to his ear, which exited lodged in his neck, and was a key witness in the trial. Police arrested Harvey the day after the murder. He has been in jail ever since. Some of the delay was to disprove Harvey’s claim that he was in St. Paul at the time of the shooting. With the help of FBI phone analysis of Harvey’s cell phone, they were able to put Harvey in the vicinity of the crime scene at the time of the shooting.