Man and woman charged in separate Minneapolis homicides


Two Minneapolis residents were charged in two unrelated homicides, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Prince Brown, 36, was charged with second-degree unintentional murder in the fatal shooting of 38-year-old David Spicer. The shooting occurred on Brown’s birthday. Angelique Simons, 47, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Joseph Pixley.

According to the criminal complaint, Brown, Spicer and others were in the kitchen of a home in the 400 block of 33rd Avenue North just before 10 p.m. on Jan. 21. There was a gun on the table and Brown began handling it recklessly. He shoved a magazine into the gun, then removed it. He then jammed a different magazine in and the gun went off, hitting Spicer once in the torso.

In the other homicide, Simons told Pixley to come to a house in the 2000 block of Queen Avenue North and he arrived shortly before 4 a.m. Jan. 22. Once in the house, she demanded he pay her $60 dollars he owed her, and if he didn’t, she would have her son hurt him, the complaint states.

A short time later, Simons said she would do it herself and pulled out a knife and stabbed Pixley once in the chest. She and others in the house left, taking the knife which was placed in a paper bag. Pixley died about a half-hour later at North Memorial Heath Hospital’s emergency room.

Both Brown and Simons are expected to make their first court appearances Tuesday.

Prince Brown Criminal Complaint (PDF)

Angelique Simons Criminal Complaint (PDF)