Demetrius Wynne was a fourteen year old teen killer from Minnesota when he broke into his neighbors home and brutally murdered her. According to court records Demetrius Wynne would break into the home of Susan Spiller and would attack the woman who was beaten, choked and stabbed. The murder case would go cold for four years until a fingerprint would point to Demetrius Wynne as the murderer. Demetrius Wynne would be arrested and later convicted of second degree murder. Demetrius Wynne is to be sentenced later this year
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An Brooklyn Park man was convicted Tuesday for the brutal 2015 murder of his former neighbor, north Minneapolis activist and artist Susan Spiller.
After a weeklong trial and a day of deliberations, a jury found Demetrius Wynne, 21, guilty of second degree murder with intent after a trial in Hennepin County District Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 28. He was found not guilty of a lesser charge of second-degree murder without intent.
Having killed Spiller when he was 14, Wynne was arrested nearly four years later following a fingerprint match. He was first charged in juvenile court, but certified certified to stand trial as an adult in late 2019.
During the trial, former Hennepin County medical examiner Dr. Enid Boeding, who conducted the autopsy, testified that Spiller, 68, was strangled, beaten and stabbed several times. Either the stab wounds or strangulation alone could have caused her death, Boeding said. She determined Spiller’s cause of death “complex homicidal violence.”
“Nearly seven years have passed since this tragedy occurred. While the guilty verdict cannot undo the heartbreak and devastation the victim’s family and loved ones have endured, my hope is that this helps in the healing process,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 28. State guidelines call for a 25 1/2 year prison sentence. Prosecutors will request a 30-year sentence.