Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that the 17-year-old male from St. Paul*, who was previously charged** on March 28, 2018 with Riot in the 1st Degree and Assault in the 2nd Degree was also charged** today with Murder in the 2nd Degree (with intent to kill); Murder in the 2nd Degree (without intent to kill while committing a felony); and Murder in the 3rd Degree. These charges are in connection with the shooting incident in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Inver Grove Heights that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Billy Ray Robles of St. Paul.
Backstrom indicated that based upon additional evidence obtained in this continuing investigation, including additional witness statements and forensic analysis of spent shell casings and bullet fragments found at the scene, the murder charges filed today against this 17-year-old male now reflect the allegation that he fired the fatal shot that killed the victim.
The motion to certify this 17-year-old male as an adult remains pending with the juvenile court.
Additional facts can be obtained from the redacted juvenile petition filed in connection with this matter, which is located online at: County Attorney News Releases. Previous news releases can be viewed at: County Attorney News Releases.
Backstrom expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Billy Ray Robles.
Backstrom thanked the Inver Grove Heights Police Department for their investigation into this matter, which was initially assisted by multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension which did the forensic analysis of evidence in this incident.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*It is the policy of the Dakota County Attorney’s Office not to release the names of juveniles charged with felonies until they are certified to stand trial as adults.
**Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.