Five Suspects Formally Charged in Superior Robbery Turned Homicide |

Five Suspects Formally Charged in Superior Robbery Turned Homicide

October 03, 2014 08:55 PM

Five people have now been formally charged after 20-year-old Garth Velin was fatally shot in the chest Tuesday night.

Police said Chance Andrews, 17, was the suspect with the gun. Andrews is charged with felony murder.

Police said Kyham Dunn, 20, is an accomplice. Dunn is charged with murder as a party to a crime. Dunn is being held at the St. Louis County Jail. 

The three other suspects were formally charged Friday; all three are being held at the Douglas County Jail. 

Teah Phillips, 17, was charged as an accomplice to the murder Friday. Phillips' attorney argued her bail should be set low because she is a 4.0 GPA student at Superior High School; however, the state argued she could be a flight risk. Her bail is set at $50,000.

Kane Robinson, 20, was also charged as an accomplice. His bail was set at $100,000 because Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank said he has jumped bail before. Kane Robinson is currently on probation for a misdemeanor conviction. 

His brother, 18-year old Dallas Robinson, is being held on a $75,000 bail. The criminal complaint shows he allegedly was one of the three who approached Velin's door.  He recently came off probation. 

According to the criminal complaint, Phillips told police the group went from Duluth to Superior Tuesday night and parked at the Subway on 38th Avenue East. Phillips said she did not know about a gun nor the robbery. She said she was told by Andrews that they were going to get some money.

Phillips said she was asked to knock on Velin's door using the ruse of telling Velin she was looking for a lost dog. Phillips said she did that and went back to the group. Police said Velin's picture was pulled up on Facebook to confirm Velin was the one who answered the door.

The complaint continues saying Andrews, Dunn and Dallas Robinson left the car to go to Velin's house. After a short period of time, Phillips said the three young men came back and said "it went bad."

Phillips said Andrews was holding a pistol when he returned from Velin's house. Phillips said Andrews said he pulled a gun on Velin, but Velin grabbed the gun. Andrews said the gun accidently went off shooting Velin.

Phillips said Andrews told everyone in the car not to tell anyone what happened or he would kill them. The female suspect said she dropped off the four male suspects in Duluth after the incident. She said she went back to a friend's house in Superior.

The criminal complaint also said Velin's girlfriend said she had never seen a gun inside the house. She did tell police Velin sold marijuana and she knew of one person who owed Velin $300.

Phillips, Dallas Robinson and Kane Robinson are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

"It's a real slap in the face of reality of what our community is like and our life is like on the streets for young people, that there is a lifestyle that is connected with guns and drugs and money," Blank said. 


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