Charges: Five Suspects Now Connected to Murder of 23-Year-Old Brooklyn Park Mother
A Brooklyn Park murder case that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old mother of a young child now has five suspects connected to the crime. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced additional charges on Friday.
Zaria McKeever was shot and killed last November inside her Brooklyn Park apartment. According to court records, two teens broke into her unit and one of them shot and killed her.
Prosecutors eventually charged Erick Haynes, 22, McKeever’s ex boyfriend, with second-degree murder, saying he recruited the teens, provided them the murder weapon and plotted the entire crime.
“The investigation revealed that Mr. Haynes organized and planned this crime because he was angry that Ms. McKeever had ended their relationship,” read a statement provided by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. “He violated no-contact orders protecting her, developed this plan, and exploited his influence over two teenagers to have them carry it out.”
In a plea deal, the teens, ages 15 and 17, were not tried as adults in exchange for their cooperation. Prosecutors say that cooperation led to charges against two additional suspects: Eriana Haynes, 24, of Brooklyn Center and 24-year-old Tavion James of Brooklyn Park. Each were charged with felony aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact.
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