Police contend 31-year-old Justin Niles Wright was fatally shot by Cooper during a home invasion in Maplewood, Minn.
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The woman told police that she and Wright had been sleeping in the main floor bedroom when she awakened to hear a man say, “Tell me where it’s at.”
She said she saw Wright in the hallway and that he lunged toward someone. She then heard a gunshot and realized that Wright had been shot, according to the complaint.
The woman told police that she and Wright had been selling marijuana from their home and that some of their customers knew they kept “significant amounts” of marijuana in the house.
Police say they recovered a handgun, black hoodie, and blue knit gloves near the scene.
An informant said Cooper and others were connected to a burglary ring and that they targeted known marijuana dealers. The informant told police that Cooper was the one who shot Wright, according to the criminal complaint.
Police say Cooper’s cellphone placed him at the scene of the crime and that DNA from the handgun matched his profile.
Cooper has previously been convicted of theft, simple robbery and second-degree assault.
He has now been charged with two counts of second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison on each charge.
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