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Possible link between two fatal shootings that broke out in St. Paul over four days


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A fatal shooting in front of the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension offices in St. Paul last week that left a young father dead may be connected to a homicide that occurred days earlier, court documents say.
In an application for a search warrant filed in Ramsey County District Court this week, an investigator with St. Paul police indicates that three possible suspects in the slaying of Robert Molin Jr., Aug. 16 also apparently knew the 21-year-old shot and killed during a dice game robbery in St. Paul four days earlier.
In that incident Devan L. Goode was killed when someone got out of a sedan around 4:30 p.m. just blocks from Harding High School Aug. 12 and shot him after demanding money from the group gathered for the dice game, legal documents say.
Malik Dontarius Turner, 19, has been charged with unintentional second-degree murder in the case and has yet to enter a plea.
One of Turner’s friends drove a tan Buick into the parking lot of the East Side Liquor Store at 1361 E. Maryland Ave. the afternoon of Aug. 16.
When he got out of the car, he saw the three suspects walking toward him and “knew that there was going to be a problem,” because of his association with Turner, according to the search warrant application.
One of the men flashed a gun with an extended magazine at him, the man later told police, prompting him to retreat back into his Buick and call Molin, his brother, to notify him of the situation, the application said.
The search warrant doesn’t name who called Molin. A relative of Molin’s said last week that he was trying to protect his younger brother when he was killed.
Malik Turner
Devan L. Goode
Robert Molin Jr
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