The suspect in a fatal shooting in Hibbing on Christmas made his initial appearance in court Monday.
Jerome Dionte Spann, 29, was arraigned in State District Court in Hibbing on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree assault in the death of Jeryel Octavious McBeth, 34, of Hibbing.
According to the criminal complaint filed Dec. 27:
McBeth was standing outside a residence at 2408 Third Ave. E. in Hibbing with several others when Spann and another man exited a sport-utility vehicle nearby.
Spann carried a handgun as he approached the group and allegedly shot McBeth three times in the chest, shoulder and forearm, the complaint states. Spann continued shooting four or five rounds, striking Jamien Quartez Stucky, 25, and nearly striking another man. Spann immediately fled the scene, according to the complaint.
At about 7:37 p.m., a caller told a police dispatcher that one person, later identified as McBeth, had been hit in the chest and was lying on the ground, the complaint states. McBeth was taken by ambulance to Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing, where he was pronounced dead. Jamien Stuckey's injuries were not life-threatening, and he was treated at Fairview Range Medical Center and released.
Spann was arrested Dec. 28 at a residence in St. Paul, where he has relatives. The St. Louis County Attorney's Office on Monday requested a bail amount of $500,000, citing concerns for public safety and Spann's criminal history, and calling him a flight risk. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Starr agreed and set the bail at that amount.
Spann has two prior convictions for carrying or possessing a pistol without a permit, one in 2013 and another in 2017, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He is due back in court in Hibbing for a hearing Jan. 10.