MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The father of the man who allegedly shot and killed London Bean, 12, earlier this year, now faces charges related to the child’s death.
Letterance Grady, 40, was charged Friday with two counts of second degree murder and one count of assisting an offender in Hennepin County.
On September 8, police responded to a “chaotic scene” in the 800 block of Aldrich Avenue North, where they found Bean gunned down. Witnesses said the person who fired the gun had already left the scene in a car.
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The complaint states that Bean was in a fight with another young boy when Jeremiah Marquise Grady – Letterance Grady’s son – appeared, masked and pointing a gun. He would have shouted âYeah! Wassup “and started firing shots, approaching Bean and shooting him twice. He then turned and fired at another child, who was not hit by any. balls.
Jeremiah Grady, 18, was charged a few days later with two counts of second degree murder.
Although he initially denied any involvement in the shooting, Letterance Grady was arrested on Thursday. According to the complaint, he said that on the day of the shooting, Jeremiah Grady texted him that his youngest children were going to be “blown up”.
Letterance Grady admitted to walking past the Aldrich Avenue North house with Jeremiah Grady and seeing a group of women and children outside. Jeremiah Grady reportedly told his father that people outside were part of an ongoing feud with his siblings. Letterance Grady then parked the car in the parking lot behind the house, according to court documents.
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Letterance Grady said her son ran from the car to the front of the house. He heard gunshots and the two left the scene in a car, the complaint says. Surveillance video shows Letterance Grady leading her son to and from the scene of the shooting.
In an interview with police shortly after the shooting, Jeremiah Grady reportedly said his father had encouraged him to retaliate against Bean’s family for harassing his siblings by shooting. Jeremiah Grady was told by his father to pull out of a car, according to the complaint.
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Letterance Grady denied telling his son to shoot. He is currently in detention.
Bean’s death was part of a series of deadly shootings of children in Minneapolis this summer. 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith was shot in the head on May 15 while jumping on a trampoline at a birthday party. Six-year-old Aniya Allen was shot dead two days later while traveling to McDonald’s in her family’s car.
If convicted, Letterance Grady could face up to 40 years in prison for each second degree murder charge.