Irene Burks was shot to death on September 12, 2006. At approximately 5:30 p.m. on the day she was shot, Burks went to the home of K.C. K.C. and Burks were close friends and routinely saw each other several times a week. After Burks arrived at K.C.’s home, she did not go inside the home but remained outside to speak with K.C. and K.C.’s daughter. Burks asked K.C. if she could use K.C.’s telephone. K.C. went back inside her home to get the telephone. Burks remained outside the home and continued to visit with K.C.’s daughter, who was standing in the doorway of the home. After retrieving the telephone, K.C. returned to the doorway. As she was handing the telephone to Burks, K.C. looked up and saw an African American man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt standing between two trucks parked across the street. As K.C. watched the man, he started running toward K.C.’s home. K.C. became alarmed when she saw a large object in the man’s hand, so she yelled out Burks’s name. When the man reached K.C.’s gate, he fired a gun at Burks. K.C. reacted by pulling her daughter inside the home and closing the door. K.C. testified that from inside her home, she heard approximately six more gunshots being fired outside. She then called the police. When the police arrived, K.C. opened the door and saw Burks lying in the front yard. K.C. located all of her children and saw that her daughter’s ankle was bleeding. The police determined that the daughter had suffered a gunshot wound and treated her injury at the scene. Meanwhile, an ambulance took Burks to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died of the injuries she sustained as a result of the shooting.
Several eyewitnesses observed some of the events surrounding the shooting. W.O., A.Q., J.W., and O.M. all lived in the neighborhood. W.O., A.Q., and J.W. reported seeing an individual wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt leaving the scene of the shooting. A.Q. and J.W. stated that they saw the individual running toward a parking space in an alley opposite K.C.’s home. Shortly afterward, they observed a brown sedan back out of the same parking space and hit a garage before the sedan headed south down the alley. O.M. observed an individual get into a brown sedan, back into the garage, and head south down the alley.
Judge(s): Paul H. Anderson
Jurisdiction: Minnesota Supreme Court
Related Categories: Constitutional Law , Expert Witness
|Supreme Court Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Sara Martin||Office of the Minnesota State Public Defender|
|David Merchant||Office of the Minnesota State Public Defender|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Lee Barry||Office of the Hennepin County Attorney|
|Michael Freeman||Office of the Hennepin County Attorney|
|Lori Swanson||Office of the Minnesota Attorney General|