Bail set at $1M for suspect in activist's grandson slaying

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bail was set at $1 million Friday for a 23-year-old man charged in the fatal shooting of the grandson of a prominent Minneapolis civil rights activist.

Dontae White appeared in Hennepin County court on charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. White is charged in the death of 27-year-old Kevin Beasley on April 18 at a house party in north Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports Beasley was the grandson of civil rights leader Spike Moss.

According to the criminal complaint, Beasley was shot after confronting White’s brother about being at the party. Prosecutors said a hat in a jacket that surveillance video showed White throwing onto a garage roof after the shooting had hair matching his DNA. Police found a semi-automatic handgun under a fence that had a hair also matching DNA from the hat, the complaint said. Testing of the gun found that it fired the 9 mm discharged cartridges found around Beasley’s body.

White was arrested in Chicago and extradited to Minnesota late last week. He remained in the Hennepin County Jail on Friday, with his next court date set for June 17. His attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on his behalf.