17-year-old boy, mom at Bloomington Resort, accused of demise – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 17-year-old boy from St. Paul was charged with shooting a woman in a hotel. His mother is also charged.

On Wednesday, Hennepin District Attorney Mike Freeman announced that Dequan Smith had been charged with second degree murder and a banned person with a gun on a youth petition. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office filed an application to certify Smith as an adult.

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Smith is accused of shooting and killing 39-year-old Jennifer Swaggert on July 11th at the LaQuinta Hotel. A housekeeper found her dead in the hotel room the next day. Authorities said she had a single gunshot wound to the face.

Smith’s mother, Trimeanna Williams, was also charged with helping Smith after the murder, as well as an additional charge of banned persons in possession of a firearm.

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Williams told that she was with Swaggert in the hotel room that she called her “best friend” that day. Three of her sons, including Smith, were also there, along with three other teenagers who were friends with Smith.

According to witnesses, Smith fought Swaggert before the shooting because she would not give his mother money to pay for a storage unit. Then he pointed a gun at her and although his mother told him not to shoot Swaggert, he shot her seconds later, according to the youth petition.

Authorities say Williams then told everyone in the hotel room to leave. According to the petition, they then went to a nearby gas station where Williams ordered a car to take them to south Minneapolis, where witnesses say they dumped the gun.

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Both Smith and Williams have criminal histories that prevent them from owning guns.

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