Trial Starts For Man Charged in Fatal Southeast Minnesota Shooting of 20-Year-Old Woman
29-year-old Me’Darian McGruder of Austin was captured in September of 2021 after an arrest warrant was issued for him in connection with the shooting death of Tyesha Gills, who was found fatally wounded in a home in the 100 block of 10th Street Northwest in Austin.
McGruder is facing two counts of second-degree murder, a count of second-degree manslaughter, possession of a firearm as a violent felon and felony domestic assault.
An amended third-degree murder charge was dismissed before the trial began. McGruder has opted for a court trial, meaning a Mower County judge instead of a jury will decide his fate.
The criminal complaint alleges he shot and killed Gills at her Austin home on the night of July 31, 2021. A witness told investigators McGruder shot the young woman in the chest after she continued to point a small laser at him after he warned her to stop.
The charges say McGruder then fled the residence and the witness called 911. Austin Police found Gills on the floor bleeding from the chest wound and attempted lifesaving measures.
She was pronounced dead after she arrived at the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in Austin.
The court trial is set to resume Tuesday morning.
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