Third man pleads guilty in shotgun murder on Lake Street

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty in the case of a shotgun murder that occurred on Lake Street, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

John Allen Davis, 51, is the third man to plead guilty in the shooting death of 52-year-old James Salter. Davis pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree murder as jury selection was proceeding for his trial and he is expected to receive between 20-30 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 22.

Mashawn Moore, 19, has already been sentenced to 367 months in prison. Marshawn Winston, 23, will be sentenced Dec. 18 and will receive 15 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, in the early morning hours of July 7, 2016, Davis was driving a car and Moore and Winston were passengers. They were looking to rob a man who had crossed Davis and Winston. When they couldn’t find him, they spotted 52-year-old James Salter near Lake Street and Fifth Avenue South.

The three men suspected Salter might be carrying narcotics, so they decided to rob him. Davis pulled the car up next to Salter and Moore jumped out of the car with a shotgun. During his guilty plea, Moore admitted that he pointed the shotgun at Salter’s chest and decided to shoot him.

Winston found out a short time after the murder that the victim was a friend’s father. Winston went to their house and confessed to being involved in the crime.