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2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

Two people from Minneapolis have been charged in separate, unrelated homicides that happened hours apart last week in Minneapolis, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Tuesday

Angelique Simons, 47, of Minneapolis, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Joseph Pixley, 40, on Jan. 22. 

Hours before, Prince Brown, 36, of Minneapolis, allegedly fatally shot David Spicer, 38, on Brown's birthday, Jan. 21. He is charged with second-degree unintentional murder.

They both were expected to make their first court appearances in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday.  

Fatal stabbing

Simons on Jan. 22 told Pixley to come to a home on the 2000 block of Queen Ave. N., with Pixley arriving shortly before 4 a.m., charges state

Witnesses told police Simons demanded Pixley pay her the $60 he owed her, saying if he didn't pay she would have her son hurt him. A short time later, Simons said she would do it herself, pulling out a knife and stabbing Pixley once in the chest. 

Simons and others left the house, taking the knife along in a McDonald's bag. 

Pixley died at the hospital about a half-hour later. 

Investigators learned that Simons deals heroin out of her home and gets angry about her money, drugs and people stealing from her, charges state. 

Simons was later arrested and investigators asked her what she was doing at the home on Queen Avenue, to which she said, "I always go up to Queen." She denied dealing drugs and getting into an altercation with PIxley. 

Fatal shooting

Brown, according to the complaint, was with Spicer and others in the kitchen of a home on the 400 block of 33rd Ave. N. just before 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, which was Brown's birthday. 

He began to handle a gun, which had been on the table, recklessly, the complaint said. He shoved a magazine into the gun, then removed it. He then jammed a different magazine in the gun when it went off, hitting Spicer once in the torso. 

Simon denied being involved in the shooting and said he had the magazine and bullets because he was helping clean up, charges state. 

Both Simons and Brown are in custody. 

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