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Dispute over PlayStation led to boy's killing at abandoned trailer, charges say

The alleged murder happened on the Red Lake Indian Reservation last month.
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A dispute over a stolen PlayStation 3 led to the fatal shooting of a teenage boy on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, according to charges filed this week.

Joshua Hill, 20, a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, has been charged with the murder of a minor – identified only as A.C. – whose body was found at an abandoned trailer near his home on West End Road, Red Lake, on June 25.

The pair had been arguing over a PlayStation 3 that they had stolen, with Hill accused of fatally shooting the teenager in the chest with a .308 rifle.

According to the criminal complaint:

Alice Robinson, legal guardian of A.C. who had raised him since he was a child, said he left their trailer between 12-1 p.m. on June 24 and planned to go next door to use the neighbor's WiFi.

About a half an hour later she heard a gunshot. She later told police that A.C. had been feuding with Joshua Hill about the stolen PS3.

Police learned that A.C. and two others had stolen a PS3 and then given it to Hill to sell. A.C. later told the person they stole it from that Hill had sold it.

Hill was apparently furious at A.C. for "snitching" and told him he was going to "smoke him." He'd also been heard openly bragging about having a .308 rifle.

Witnesses told authorities that they had seen Hill hiding a rifle in the area and on June 24, he received a ride to Red Lake from Bemidji, picking up the rifle when he got there and telling his friends he was going hunting.

Shortly after the gunshot was heard in the neighborhood, Hill returned sweating to one of the trailers and told a friend he wanted to leave the area.

When they got back to Bemidji, a friend asked what he'd done, to which Hill replied: "I shot him and I think I killed him." The body was found under the porch of the abandoned trailer on June 25, with Hill asking two friends to dispose of the rifle two days later.

A.C. was a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Because the incident happened on tribal land, it was investigated by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

Hill, of Red Lake, has been charged with one count of murder and made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

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