The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has charged two men with three counts each of felony intentional murder in the second degree and two counts each of second-degree assault in connection with a fatal shooting in south Minneapolis Monday night.
According to criminal complaints filed in Hennepin County District Court, Diamond Griffin, 24, and Ryan Grant, 22, entered the back yard of a home near Powderhorn Park at about 11 pm. The complaint says they pointed a handgun and demanded cell phones and money from Francisco Benitez Hernandez, 38, and his brother and brother-in-law.
When the men said they did not have any money, either Griffin or Grant allegedly began shooting. Benitez Hernandez was fatally struck and his brother was injured. A third man was assaulted.
The complaints say witnesses' descriptions matched Grant and Griffin. In an interview with police, Grant implicated Griffin. Griffin wouldn't speak to officers.