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St. Paul man awaits trial after pleading guilty to Rochester murder

A 29-year-old man from South Saint Paul pled guilty in Olmsted County District Court on Wednesday to the murder of a Rochester man from the previous year.

Derrick Timothy Days was found guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, both felonies, as part of a plea agreement that would result in the dismissal of other felony charges of second-degree murder and unlawfully carrying a handgun.

The plea agreement stipulates that Days will serve a maximum of 426 months in jail. A date for sentencing has not been set.

Olmsted County will hear the jury trial of Nautica Delshaun Cox, 23, of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, who is a co-defendant with Davis.

The Criminal Complaint Detailed

Early on June 6, 2021, Davis shot and murdered 28-year-old Todd Lorne Banks Jr. during an altercation over a dice game.

Officers discovered Banks lifeless and bleeding from suspected gunshot wounds. On-site attempts to save Banks’ life were made, and he was placed into an ambulance. He was declared deceased at 2:56 a.m. Sunday, 6 June 2021 At least five entry wounds were present.

On the south side of Third Street Southwest, roughly midway between Broadway Avenue South and First Avenue, a second 28-year-old male was discovered. His left hip, right upper arm, chest, and back had apparent bullet wounds. He was brought to the Saint Marys Campus of the Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Officers discovered about ten shot casings in the vicinity of the incident.

A Rochester police officer was in the vicinity when the incident occurred. The officer saw Cox “firing at people” near the southwest corner of the intersection of First Avenue and Third Street Southwest while holding a firearm.

Behind a garbage can where the officer spotted Cox extending his arm, a revolver was located.

Additionally, surveillance cameras caught the event and its preceding minutes. According to the police, a fight broke out between Banks and another guy over a game of dice. The criminal complaint states that Banks and the guy “began fighting, wrestling, and fell on the ground”

During the altercation, the 28-year-old male shoved Days as Days attempted to push other participants.

The lawsuit states, “On the security footage, Days can be seen drawing a pistol and firing at (the 28-year-old male) at close range while both men were standing.”

Cox, who had not been involved in the altercation, appeared to fire one or more shots at the 28-year-old male as he fled the scene.

Days reportedly approached Banks while he was on the ground fighting with another guy and shot “one or more bullets” at Banks as he was on the pavement. Cox is reported to have fired at least one bullet at Banks after Days’ shooting of Banks.

Cox was detained at the spot. Two hours later, Days was apprehended in a southeast Rochester apartment complex. According to reports, a Rochester police investigator recognized Days from a prior incident and knew he was affiliated with a resident of that unit.

According to a study of the building’s video footage, Days entered the apartment immediately after the occurrence.

Days denied being involved in a fight or witnessing a shooting at the time of his arrest. He claimed he was at a bar and walked to his car before leaving.

After serving a federal prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition, Days was released in December 2020. He is on probation for this offense until December 2023. He was previously ineligible to possess a firearm due to a 2015 conviction for second-degree burglary in Ramsey County.

At the time of the incident, Cox was on probation due to a September 2020 felony conviction in Ramsey County for being ineligible to own a firearm. As a result of convictions in 2018 for fourth-degree felony assault and first-degree aggravated robbery in Hennepin County, he is ineligible to own a firearm or possess ammunition.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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