Accused gunman in St. Paul drive-by shooting arrested by US marshals in Arkansas

21-year-old Anthony Boelter was shot dead the night of April 25.
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Olando D. Franklin Jr.

Olando D. Franklin Jr. 

The alleged gunman in a fatal drive-by shooting in St. Paul last month has been extradited to Minnesota after being arrested by U.S. marshals in Arkansas. 

Olando D. Franklin Jr., 27, of St. Peter, Minnesota, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection to the April 25 killing of a 21-year-old Anthony Boelter, of St. Paul. 

The shooting happened just before 10 o'clock the night of April 25, with police officers arriving at the scene to find Boelter slumped over in the driver's seat, having suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

According to a criminal complaint, two passengers in the vehicle who weren't injured told investigators that Boelter had been in a "long-standing feud with the occupants of a nearby residence where his ex-girlfriend lived," and that Boelter "made a point of driving by the home of the people he was feuding with on a regular basis."

The night of the shooting, Boelter drove by the home only to be followed by a dark-colored SUV. Boelter tried to escape down an alley but someone inside the SUV fired on the Volkswagen Beetle as they exited the alley and went south on Cypress St.

Five spent .45-caliber casings were recovered from the scene and police found a bullet hole in the Beetle's back fender and a rear headrest. A medical examiner determined that Boelter died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators learned that Bobby L. Woody, 43, of Glencoe, found it disrespectful that Boelter drove by his ex-girlfriend's home, and on April 25 Woody was seen at that residence drinking and in possession of a "large handgun in his pocket," the complaint said.

Surveillance video showed Woody, who has been charged with second-degree murder with intent and second-degree murder via drive-by shooting, was in the driver's seat of the SUV involved in the shooting, and when Boelter drove by another man "ran and got in on the SUV's passenger side" before Woody began to follow.

The other man was identified in surveillance video as Franklin. A witness saw muzzle flashes come from a passenger window of the SUV, with Franklin accused of firing the shots into the back window of the Volkswagen.

Officers executed a search warrant at Woody's home in Glencoe and found a Springfield .45-caliber handgun. He was arrested but declined to speak to police.

Franklin fled to Arkansas, where he was arrested by U.S. marshals in the City of West Memphis, where he has family. 

A GoFundMe for Boelter's family has raised approximately $3,400 of a $5,000 goal to help pay for funeral costs. 

"He did not deserve to go this way and we need to give him the proper send off. He was only 21 years old and his life was gone in the blink of an eye. He was loved by so many and he will be greatly missed," Boelter's sister, Alyssa Boelter said in the fundraiser. 

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