Minnesota Supreme Court upholds Winona murder conviction

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) – The Minnesota Supreme Court affirms a first degree murder conviction for a Winona man who killed one man and wounded another in 2016.

The court issued a decision Wednesday in the conviction of Ricky Darnell Waiters. He was convicted in the July 27, 2016 drive-by shooting outside a West End bar. He fired several shots at people outside the bar after a parking dispute.

53-year-old Bob Johnson died in the shooting.

Waiters was found guilty in Feburary 2018 after a two week jury trial.

In Minnesota, all first degree murder convictions are automatically appealed. In February, the court heard arguments that prosecutors misled the jury to ignore self-defense testimony by telling the jury the defense’s closing argument was merely emotional.

Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman said she and other members of her staff met with family members of the victim Wednesday morning to discuss the decision. She said the family “expressed their gratitude for the decision. Sonneman said, “The court proceedings have been difficult for the family, but they are very grateful for this light at the end of the long tunnel of darkness.”

A copy of the court’s decision is below.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard

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