Amir Locke's cousin has now pleaded guilty in the murder case that led police to conduct the no-knock warrant that killed Locke, NBC News reports.
On Friday (May 13), 18-year-old Mekhi Camden Speed pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting one count of second-degree unintentional murder while committing a felony in connection with Otis Elder's Jan 10 killing. While investigating Elder's murder, police identified Speed as a suspect and obtained a warrant to search his Minneapolis apartments.
Authorities entered Speed's apartment without knocking on February 2 and fatally shot Locke, who was laying on his cousin's couch. Locke was not named in any of the warrants obtained by Minneapolis police.
When pleading guilty, Speed said in court that he had a handgun while trying to rob Elder of drugs. The then-17-year-old said he stood outside of Elder's vehicle while another person entered the victim's passenger seat. A shot was fired, but Speed said he has no recollection of pulling the trigger and doesn't remember if his accomplice had a gun.
At the time of Elder's murder, Amir Locke's cousin added that he was highly intoxicated off of alcohol and drugs. In court, Speed agreed with Paul Sellers, his attorney, that he was criminally liable for aiding and abetting in Elder's case.
Speed's case moved to an adult court this week after he was originally charged as a juvenile. His sentencing is set for July 8.
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