Evidentiary Hearings Ordered For Rochester Murder Suspects
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The two men charged with a recent fatal shooting in downtown Rochester were in court today.
28-year-old Derrick Days faces three counts of second-degree murder, while 22-year-old Nautica Cox faces aiding and abetting second-degree murder charges. In addition, both men are facing charges for illegal possession of a firearm. Neither man entered pleas to the charges today and both are scheduled to return to court on July 20th for evidentiary hearings.
Days, who has a South Saint Paul address, is accused of shooting and killing 28-year-old Todd Banks Junior and critically wounding another man in a shooting that took place just outside the city-owned parking ramp at the corner of First Avenue and Third Street Southwest in the early morning hours of June 6th. Cox, who is from Minneapolis, was seen by a Rochester police officer pulling out a handgun and firing the weapon at the same location.
He was arrested after a brief foot chase into an alley, while Days was apprehended later the same day after he was identified as a suspect by investigators reviewing surveillance video recordings of the murder. Both men have previous convictions involving violent crimes. In fact, Days was released from federal prison in December after serving a 65-month sentence for a weapons charge.
Both men remain in the Olmsted County Jail on $2 million bail.
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