Prosecutors allege that a North Mankato teen was involved in the shooting death of a Rochester man as he opened his door last month. Police said 38-year-old Brandon Arndt was shot in the face September 10th and he appears to have been targeted by grandchildren of his elderly neighbor who mistakenly thought he had harmed her.
Twenty-seven-year-old Malcolm Jammal Woods and 34-year-old Kielah Shanae Parsons, both of Rochester, appeared in court Monday on second-degree murder charges. A third suspect, 19-year-old Darien Kristopher Klindworth-Woods of North Mankato faces charges of aiding and abetting. Klindworth-Woods was on probation at the time of the shooting after he pleaded guilty to making threats of violence and was sentenced in July. Court records show he was overheard during a phone conversation last October threatening to shoot everyone at a Mankato special education institution, Futures School.
Police said Arndt had checked on his disabled neighbor, 71-year-old Rosetta Barnes after he heard her asking for help and he gave her water and her medication. The criminal complaint shows he also offered to call 911 but Barnes declined.
The woman later was taken to a hospital, and soon after six men confronted Arndt and accused him of giving Barnes illegal drugs. He was shot to death the next morning.
A gun that police said may be connected to the murder was later sold in Mankato.
Police said there’s no evidence of any wrongdoing by Arndt.