This Monday, police in Minneapolis made an arrest of a 41-year-old St. Paul man who had been wanted since October on suspicion of murdering his ex-partner’s boyfriend.
In connection with the shooting death of Demond A. Bingham, 48, on August 23 in St. Paul’s North End, Larry Rucker was detained on Monday and lodged in the Ramsey County prison on suspicion of murder.
On October 15, Rucker was given a warrant charging him with two charges of second-degree murder. The criminal complaint and arrest warrant were sealed “because publication may create a serious danger of impeding an ongoing investigation,” according to court papers, and his whereabouts were unknown at the time. After his initial court appearance on the accusations on Tuesday, they were made public.
Rucker was detained in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn area in the 3400 block of Park Avenue South, according to prison records.
On August 23, at at 10:30 p.m., reports of gunfire outside an apartment complex led St. Paul police officers to the vicinity of Albemarle and Milford streets, a block west of Rice Street. Bingham had been shot in the chest when they discovered him lying on the ground. About 15 minutes later, medical personnel arrived and declared him dead.
Near Bingham’s feet, a pistol was discovered. It hadn’t been shot yet.
To the north of Bingham’s body, officers discovered four shot casings after conducting a check of the area. There were three shots that struck a Buick Lucerne.
A lady who said Bingham was her boyfriend was spoken to the police. According to the lady, who was given the initials LF in the criminal complaint, she and Bingham were corresponding over Facebook Messenger when Bingham “got into it” with her ex-boyfriend, later identified as Rucker, outside the apartment building.
The complaint said that “LF informed police that Rucker was envious she had a new boyfriend.”
Bingham’s cousin reportedly contacted him and wanted to meet at a cul-de-sac behind Born’s Bar, according to police reports. According to the complaint, the man informed police that Bingham once told him he was still in the neighborhood and that he was “having troubles with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.”
The cousin claimed Bingham urged him to “forget about it” and that he stated he was going to grab a drink at Born’s Bar when the cousin indicated he wanted to confront Rucker. The cousin claimed that after he departed, Bingham contacted him once more and complained that he was having further issues with Rucker. He went back and discovered Bingham dead in the cul-de-sac.
According to the complaint, when Bingham’s nephew was questioned by police, he said that the night of the shooting, he had given his uncle a ride to his girlfriend’s apartment because he was “had issues with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend who was upset” about the relationship.
The nephew said to authorities that his uncle had called him again and asked him to come back. According to the lawsuit, when Bingham arrived there, he told his nephew that he “didn’t feel comfortable and that he was being messed with.”
The nephew claimed that after pointing out a man, they started to move in that way. He claimed that the man warned Bingham not to approach but that when he did, he noticed the man reaching for something. He claimed that before getting into his car and leaving, he heard at least two gunshots.
According to the lawsuit, surveillance footage from the apartment complex shows Rucker enter around 9:43 p.m. before finally leaving again. In the complaint, it was said that around 10:12 p.m., Bingham “yelled at Rucker that he didn’t have a handgun and wasn’t frightened to die before he entered the building.”
At 10:29 p.m., Bingham left the building and turned to face Rucker. Someone who was not captured on camera fired three rounds, and Bingham moved away from the camera. According to the lawsuit, Rucker is shown on camera firing a fourth and last shot that killed Bingham. Rucker and a companion ran off on foot.
In lieu of a $1 million bond, Rucker is being detained. Sept. 8 is the date of his subsequent court appearance.