Charges have been filed against six people in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Bloomington man at his Bloomington apartment.
All six defendants were charged with two counts of murder, one charge of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree assault following an April 27 incident in the apartment of Corey Elder, who died from a gunshot wound to the head and neck, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
Charged are Maurice Verser, 33, of Minneapolis; Briana Martinson, 20, of Prior Lake; Tarrance Murphy, 20, of Minneapolis; Noah Peterson, 20, of Lakeville; Alec Streit, 20, of Minneapolis; and Megan Cater, 19 of Lakeville.
Through the Bloomington Police Department’s investigation, it was determined that the six defendants planned to burglarize Elder’s apartment and steal drugs from him, according to the complaints filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Elder and an unnamed 18-year-old woman were at Hampshire Hills Apartments, 6800 W. Old Shakopee Road, on April 27. There was a knock at the door at approximately 10:35 p.m., and Elder answered the door. Two females burst into the apartment, who the female victim knew by first name. The victim identified the women as “regular customers” of Elder, who often purchased illegal drugs from him, the complaint explained.
After Cater and Martinson entered the apartment, they were followed by Murphy and Verser. The two men allegedly assaulted and pistol whipped Elder as Cater and Martinson confronted the female victim while ransacking the apartment. One of the men allegedly pointed a gun at the female victim’s head during the incident, telling her to remain still, the complaint noted.
Cater and Martinson are accused of taking Xanax, Gabapentin and cocaine from the bedroom of the apartment. Elder was dragged into the bedroom by Verser, who threw Elder on the bed next to the female victim and allegedly shot him in the neck. The suspects then fled the building while the female victim ran to a neighbor’s apartment and asked the neighbor to call 911, according to the complaint.
Peterson and Streit remained in a vehicle parked outside the building while the confrontation took place. The six suspects had met in the parking lot prior to the incident, where they discussed their plan to steal from Elder. While Cater and Martinson wanted to steal drugs, Streit wanted to take a video game system and drugs he said that Elder had stolen from him, the complaint explained.
Cater and Martinson allegedly contacted Peterson and Streit for help stealing drugs from Elder, and the two men recruited Murphy and Vesser. Verser supplied the gun and made sure it was loaded, the complaint noted.
All suspects but Martinson waived their Miranda rights following their arrests and spoke of their participation in the incident, with Verser saying he shot Elder during the assault. Drugs were recovered from Cater’s vehicle, and a revolver alleged to be the murder weapon was recovered during the investigation, according to the complaint.
If convicted, the suspects face up to 40 years in prison for each count of second-degree murder, up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $35,000 if convicted of first-degree burglary and up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $14,000 if convicted of second-degree assault. Each count carries a minimum sentence of three years in prison.