Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced that Atravius Joseph Weeks, age 32 of Richfield, MN, has been charged* with one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional) in connection with the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Cortney Grace Henry outside a daycare facility in Lakeville in the early morning hours of June 22, 2021.
The following is a summary of the allegations contained in the criminal complaint filed today in this case:
On June 22, 2021, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Belle Plaine police officers responded to a report of a violation of an Order for Protection at an apartment complex in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. The reporting party informed officers that her former boyfriend she identified as Atravius Weeks was pounding on the walls outside her building. She reported Weeks had a gun and that she believed she would die if Weeks was able to gain entry. During the 9-1-1 call, the reporting party told dispatch she had just received a message from Defendant in which he indicated he had shot himself.
When officers arrived at the apartment complex, they learned Weeks had arrived in a silver Audi but had just fled on foot. Officers located the vehicle in the parking lot and observed a significant amount of blood inside the vehicle as well as a 9mm casing on the front passenger seat. Officers followed a blood trail to the back entry of the apartment building where they observed that the key card access reader had been pulled away from the wall. Surveillance video was subsequently obtained and showed Weeks attempting to enter the building.
Officers spoke to Weeks by phone, during which he agreed to return to the apartment complex parking lot. While walking towards the parking lot, officers observed Weeks carrying a firearm. Weeks complied with their commands to drop the firearm which was later identified as a Glock 9mm handgun. Officers observed a wound on Week's forehead which Weeks reported was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot. While treating the wound, Weeks told the officers, “I just killed my best friend". Weeks went on to tell the officers that about an hour prior he had shot the victim seven times outside of a daycare facility located in Lakeville. When asked for the name of the victim, Weeks responded “Cortney Henry."
Officers located a deceased female outside a Lakeville daycare facility as well as nine shell casings. The victim was identified as Cortney Henry who appeared to have been shot multiple times including in the left leg, thigh, stomach, and neck. It was later learned the victim had recently ended her relationship with Weeks.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Weeks made his first court appearance on these charges today. Bail in the amount of $2,000,000 (with conditions), was set by Dakota County
Keena commented: “My deepest sympathy is extended to the victim's family and friends for their great loss. Ms. Henry's death was allegedly due to domestic violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, I encourage you to reach out for assistance by contacting 360 Communities (serving Dakota County) at 952-985-5300 or online at www.360Communities.org."
Keena thanked the Belle Plaine Police Department, Jordan Police Department, Lakeville Police Department, and the Scott County Sheriff's Office for their work which led to the quick apprehension of the suspect; as well the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office for their assistance in the investigation.
If you have questions, contact Kathy Keena at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.