17-Year-Old Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Case That Prompted No-Knock Warrant and Minneapolis Police Killing of Amir Locke

A 17-year-old was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man Jan. 10 in St. Paul β€” the underlying case behind a no-knock warrant and predawn Minneapolis police raid last week that killed the teen’s cousin Amir Locke.

Mekhi C. Speed of Minneapolis was charged in a juvenile petition filed in Ramsey County with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Otis R. Elder, 38.

County prosecutors want to certify Speed to be tried as an adult.

The charging document revealed that Speed was living in a different unit of the Bolero Flats Apartment Homes at 1117 S. Marquette Av., in downtown Minneapolis but had access to the apartment where police barged in Feb. 2 and shot the 22-year-old Locke, who was seen with a gun in his hand as he stirred from under a blanket.

Speed appeared via Zoom from the county Juvenile Detention Center in St. Paul for his initial court appearance.

His mother, Cheryl Locke, and a few relatives sat in from defense attorney Steven Meshbesher’s office, but the family has yet to decide on legal representation.

“I want more time to talk to my family and my attorney,” said Speed, who fidgeted in his chair for most of the hearing.

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SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune, Liz Sawyer and Paul Walsh