In the deadly shooting of Otis R. Elder in St. Paul, a youngster decided to plead guilty on Wednesday. When a police officer shot and killed Amir Locke in Minneapolis during the investigation into Elder’s killing, it gained national attention.
Mekhi Camden Speed, Locke’s cousin, was 17 when the Ramsey County attorney’s office accused him in juvenile court in February and said they planned to prosecute him as an adult in Elder’s death.
According to the county attorney’s office, during a Wednesday hearing, Speed consented to be certified to adult court and to plead guilty to aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony. Speed, who turned 18 in March, will have a charge of aiding and abetting deliberate murder dropped against him.
On Jan. 10, Elder, a 38-year-old father, was discovered shot on the roadway in the 500 block of North Prior Avenue in St. Paul, between University Avenue and Interstate 94. Elder was allegedly shot during a robbery or attempted robbery, according to the accusations. The driver’s side door of Elder’s vehicle was open, and there was loose cash and suspected marijuana in the front.
Speed is expected to enter a guilty plea on Friday and will be sentenced later.
Speed was a resident of the downtown Minneapolis apartment complex where police executed search warrants on February 2. Locke, 22, was not identified in the search warrants and was sleeping on a couch in Speed’s brother’s girlfriend’s apartment when a Minneapolis cop shot him during a no-knock warrant. According to the criminal complaint, Speed resided in a different apartment with his mother but had access to the other flat.
The officer was not charged because body camera evidence showed Locke waving a pistol, but his family claims the tape shows he was startled awake.