MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jamal Smith will appear in court for the first time on Wednesday over the shooting death of Jay Boughton on Highway 169.
Smith, 33, of Chicago, is facing second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing a young baseball coach earlier this summer. Months after the shooting and thousands of hours of investigative work, Smith was arrested in Decatur, Illinois.
Smith has since been taken to Minnesota and will appear in Hennepin County Court for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. WCCO will receive updates from the court hearing, so check back for more.
Boughton, 56, was on his way home with his son on July 6, after coaching a youth baseball game, when he got into an argument with another driver on Highway 169. The driver shot him in the head and Boughton lost control of his car. crashing into several other vehicles in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex.
His 15-year-old son, who was in the car with him, gave him CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene. He was taken to North Memorial Health and died there.
In the days following the incident, the police chief described the shooting as “one of the most tragic events” he had witnessed in his 20 years of policing.
“It was a really, really pointless act that resulted in the loss of a human life,” Fadden said.
On 11 August, Plymouth police announced that they had found an SUV matching the description of the suspect vehicle and were inspecting the vehicle to gather possible evidence. Fadden said finding the car was key in identifying the suspect. Smith was charged with an arrest warrant on August 20 and was arrested a few days later.
Smith is also accused of aiding a criminal after the incident.