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StateofMinnesota DistrictCourt

CountyofHennepin 4thJudicialDistrict
ProsecutorFileNo. 17A14053
CourtFileNo. 27-CR-17-28444

StateofMinnesota, COMPLAINT
Plaintiff, OrderofDetention
vs.
HENRYBENJAMINCOUSINSDOB:04/07/1985
3326FREEMONTAVN
MINNEAPOLIS,MN55412
Defendant.

The Complainant submits this complaint to the Court and states that there is probable cause to believe
Defendantcommittedthefollowingoffense(s):
COUNTI
Charge:Murder-2ndDegree-WithIntent-NotPremeditated
MinnesotaStatute:609.19.1(1),withreferenceto:609.11.5(a),609.19.1
MaximumSentence:40YEARS
OffenseLevel:Felony
OffenseDate(onorabout):11/06/2017
Control#(ICR#):17427551
Charge Description: That on or about 11/6/2017, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, HENRY BENJAMIN
COUSINS, caused the death of Victim A, a human being, with intent to effect the death of that person or
another,butwithoutpremeditation,whileusingafirearm.
MinimumSentence:3YEARS
COUNTII
Charge:Murder-2ndDegree-WithoutIntent-WhileCommittingaFelony
MinnesotaStatute:609.19.2(1),withreferenceto:609.19.2(1),609.11.5(a)
MaximumSentence:40YEARS
OffenseLevel:Felony
OffenseDate(onorabout):11/06/2017
Control#(ICR#):17427551
Charge Description: That on or about 11/6/2017, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, HENRY BENJAMIN
COUSINS, did without intent to effect the death of any person, cause the death of Victim A, a human
being, while committing or attempting to commit the felony offense of Assault in the Second Degree while
usingand/orpossessingafirearm.
MinimumSentence:3YEARS

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STATEMENTOFPROBABLECAUSE

Complainanthasinvestigatedthefactsandcircumstancesofthisoffenseandbelievesthefollowing
establishesprobablecause:

OnNovember6,2017atapproximately6:03p.m.Minneapolispoliceweredispatchedto4729Lyndale
Ave.N.,Minneapolis,HennepinCounty,inresponsetoacallofashooting.Uponarrival,officersfounda
whitemalelyingfacedownintheboulevardnotmoving.ThatmalewaslateridentifiedasVictimA.
MinneapolisFireFightersandparamedicsarrivedandbegantoattendtoVictimA.WhenVictimAwas
turnedoverontohisback,officersobservedagunshotwoundtothecenterofhisupperchestjustbelowhis
throat.VictimAwaspronounceddeadatthescene.

Officersspokewithseveralwitnesseswhowereatthescene.WitnessA,anidentifiedfemale,toldofficers
thatVictimAwasamechanicandwastheretoworkonafoodtruckforWitnessB.WitnessAstatedthata
femalesheknows,K.B.,calledtoaskifVictimAwasthere.Shortlyafter,K.B.showedupwithherdaughter
A.N.,andtheDefendant,HenryBenjaminCousins(DOB:4/7/1985).WitnessAstatedthatdefendantwas
agitatedanddemandedthatVictimAcomeworkonhiscar,asVictimAoweddefendant$600.WitnessA
statedthatdefendantdidcalmdownandshethoughteverythingwasfine,butthatdefendantgotamped
upallofasudden,pulledoutagunandshotVictimA.WitnessAstatedsheheardoneshotclosetoher
head,turnedandsawVictimAgrabbinghischest,andsawhimfall.WitnessAstatedthatdefendant,K.B.
andA.N.immediatelyranaway.

OfficersspokewithWitnessB,anidentifiedmale.WitnessBstatedthatheknowsVictimA,andthat
VictimAwasthereworkingonhisfoodtruck.WitnessBstatedthatK.B.calledhimtoaskifVictimAwas
there,andstatedshewantedtocometalktohim.WitnessBstatedthatshortlyafter,K.B.cametothefood
truckwithdefendantandA.N.Whentheycameintothefoodtruck,defendantbegantoyellthatVictimA
owedhim$600.WitnessBstatedthatdefendanttoldVictimAtogooutsidethefoodtruck.WitnessB
statedheheardacommotionsohewentoutsideandthedefendantwasactingcrazy.WitnessBstated
thatthedefendantsteppedinfrontofhimtowardVictimA.WitnessBthenheheardagungooff,looked
backandsawthatVictimAhadbeenshot.

OfficersspokewithK.B.whostatedthatdefendantisherhusbandscousin,andheaskedhertocall
WitnessBtofindoutwhereVictimAwasatthemoment.K.B.statedthatshedrovedefendanttowhere
VictimAwas,alongwithherdaughter,A.N.K.B.statedshedidnotknowthatdefendanthadagunwith
him.K.B.statedthatoncetheygotthere,defendantbegantostatethatVictimAowedhimmoneyandthen
allofasuddensheheardapoppingsound,andthenshesawVictimAfall.K.B.statedthatshe,A.N.and
defendantranbacktohercarandleft.K.B.statedoncetheywereallinthecar,defendantwascryingand
saidhedidntmeanforthattohappen.K.B.droveashortdistanceandthendefendantgotoutofhercar
andranoff.

OfficersspokewithA.N.whostatedshehadbeenstayingwithdefendantforawhileuntilshecouldfindher
ownplaceafterrecentlymovingtotheTwinCities.A.N.statedthatK.B.calledWitnessBbecause
defendantsaidthatVictimAowedhimmoneyandwantedtogotalktohimaboutfixingdefendantscar.
A.N.statedthatshortlyaftertheyarrived,defendantstartedtosnapatVictimAandtheywereyellingat
eachotherandthenallofasuddentherewasagunshot.A.N.statedsheturnedaroundandsawVictimA
bleedingandthenfall.A.N.statedshe,K.B.,anddefendantallrantothecarandthatdefendantstatedthis
wasntsupposedtohappenandIjustwantedhim(VictimA)tofixmyshit.A.N.statedthatdefendant
jumpedoutofthecar.

Inapost-Mirandainterview,DefendantadmittedthatheaskedK.B.tocallaroundtofindVictimA,andthat
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whentheyfoundhim,K.B.drovehimto47thandLyndale.Defendantadmittedthathebroughtagunwith
himinhispocket.DefendantstatedthathewastiredofthewayVictimAwastreatinghimlikeabitchand
hewantedtobeinchargeforonce.DefendantstatedthatVictimAowedhimabout$700forworkVictimA
hadnotcompletedonthreecars.Defendantstatedthatoncetheygotto47thandLyndale,thingsgot
heatedbetweenhimselfandVictimA,andDefendantpulledouthisgun.Defendantstatedthatheis
shorterthanVictimA,butthathewantedtohitVictimAintheheadwiththegun.Defendantclaimedthat
whenheswungthegunuptohitVictimAinthehead,thegunwentoff.DefendantstatedhesawVictimA
falltotheground,andhethenrantoK.B.scarandhadherdrivehimseveralblocksawaywherehegot
out.Defendantstatedthegunwasanautomatichandgun,possiblya9mm.Defendantstatedhetooka
"hood"UbertoInverGroveHeightsandthrewthegunintotheMississippiRiver.Defendantclaimedthathe
didnotmeantoshootVictimA.

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SIGNATURESANDAPPROVALS

ComplainantrequeststhatDefendant,subjecttobailorconditionsofrelease,be:
(1)arrestedorthatotherlawfulstepsbetakentoobtainDefendant'sappearanceincourtor
(2)detained,ifalreadyincustody,pendingfurtherproceedingsandthatsaidDefendantotherwise
bedealtwithaccordingtolaw.
Complainantdeclaresunderpenaltyofperjurythateverythingstatedinthisdocumentistrueand
correct.Minn.Stat.358.116Minn.R.Crim.P.2.01,subds.1,2.

Complainant AnnKjos ElectronicallySigned:


Sergeant 11/13/201710:10AM
350S5thSt HennepinCounty,Minnesota
Minneapolis,MN55415-1389
Badge:004898

Beingauthorizedtoprosecutetheoffensescharged,Iapprovethiscomplaint.

ProsecutingAttorney StephanieMorgan ElectronicallySigned:


300S6thSt 11/13/201710:01AM
Minneapolis,MN55487
(612)348-5550

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FINDINGOFPROBABLECAUSE
From the above sworn facts, and any supporting affidavits or supplemental sworn testimony, I, the Issuing Officer, have
determined that probable cause exists to support, subject to bail or conditions of release where applicable, Defendants arrest
or other lawful steps be taken to obtain Defendants appearance in court, or Defendants detention, if already in custody,
pendingfurtherproceedings.Defendantisthereforechargedwiththeabove-statedoffense(s).

SUMMONS
THEREFOREYOU,THEDEFENDANT,ARESUMMONEDtoappearon___________,_____at_____AM/PM
beforetheabove-namedcourtat300SSixthStreet,Minneapolis,MN55487toanswerthiscomplaint.

IFYOUFAILTOAPPEARinresponsetothisSUMMONS,aWARRANTFORYOURARRESTshallbeissued.

WARRANT
To the Sheriff of the above-named county or other person authorized to execute this warrant: I order, in the name of the State
of Minnesota, that the Defendant be apprehended and arrested without delay and brought promptly before the court (if in
session), and if not, before a Judge or Judicial Officer of such court without unnecessary delay, and in any event not later than
36hoursafterthearrestorassoonassuchJudgeorJudicialOfficerisavailabletobedealtwithaccordingtolaw.

ExecuteinMNOnly ExecuteNationwide ExecuteinBorderStates

X ORDEROFDETENTION
Since the Defendant is already in custody, I order, subject to bail or conditions of release, that the Defendant continue to be
detainedpendingfurtherproceedings.

Bail:$1,000,000.00
ConditionsofRelease:NoPossessionofWeaponsMakeAllAppearancesRemainLawAbiding

Thiscomplaint,dulysubscribedandsworntoorsignedunderpenaltyofperjury,isissuedbytheundersignedJudicialOfficer
asofthefollowingdate:November13,2017.

JudicialOfficer EdwardThomasWahl ElectronicallySigned:11/13/201710:39AM


DistrictCourtJudge

SworntestimonyhasbeengivenbeforetheJudicialOfficerbythefollowingwitnesses:

COUNTYOFHENNEPIN
STATEOFMINNESOTA

StateofMinnesota
Plaintiff LAWENFORCEMENTOFFICERRETURNOFSERVICE
IherebyCertifyandReturnthatIhaveservedacopyofthisOrderof
vs. DetentionupontheDefendanthereinnamed.
SignatureofAuthorizedServiceAgent:
HENRYBENJAMINCOUSINS
Defendant