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MN Supreme Court upholds conviction, sentence in Grahek murder

ST. PAUL, MN -- Minnesota' highest court on Wednesday affirmed the conviction and life sentence of the man who killed a UMD student in 2017.

Deandre Davenport was one of five people charged and convicted in connection to the shooting death of William Grahek. Police say the 24-year-old shot Grahek twice during a robbery attempt in the East Hillside.

Davenport was convicted by a Brainerd jury in 2018 and received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

He appealed, saying the court should have received special instruction when a co-defendant, who originally implicated Davenport in the crime, changed his story to claim he acted alone.

In a 25-page opinion, the Supreme Court says the court did fail to inform jurors that a testifying witness was the defendant's accomplice. However, justices said the oversight had no impact on the verdict.

Under state law, first-degree murder convictions are appealed directly to the Supreme Court.

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