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.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

covid-19 testing site sign

Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 2

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.

Apple Valley High School

ISD 196 moves to full distance learning for grades 6-12

The decision was announced as infection rates in Dakota County rise.

minnesota zoo

Minnesota Zoo launches activities to get people embracing nature

The zoo is hosting a pumpkin scavenger hunt and a "Do the Zoo, Not Zoom Day."

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

25 counties have COVID-19 infection rates associated with distance learning

County-level data is no longer the only source districts have to rely on to make informed decisions about which learning model to use.

Jason Lewis and Tina Smith

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's Senate race

Incumbent Tina Smith will take on former Congressman Jason Lewis.

President Donald Trump

President Trump railing against capacity limits for Friday's Rochester rally

A contract with the city limits capacity to 250 people, but Trump says they were expecting 25,000.

st. paul shooting - oct. 30

Man injured as his gun goes off during pat-down search from St. Paul police

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.

ballot voting vote

Appeals court changes rules for MN absentee ballots received after Election Day

Pending a further challenge, votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day may not be counted.

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

Related

Stimac bear

Charges: Brainerd man shot, killed 700 lb black bear on protected land

The killing happened on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Charges: Masked boys killed man during Minneapolis carjacking

The boys, aged 15 and 16, have been charged in the death of Steven Markey.

Emmanuel Aranda

Man pleads guilty to throwing boy over Mall of America balcony

Emmanuel Aranda pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

Emmanuel Aranda

Charges: Man who threw boy over MOA balcony 'planned to kill someone' that day

He said he'd been coming to the mall for years to talk to women, but became aggressive when they rejected him.

Charge: Maintenance man dangled boy over apartment balcony

A maintenance man is accused of picking up an 11-year-old boy and holding him over the edge of an apartment balcony in Shoreview.

Darrion Gresham

Charges: Pot dealer, 18, killed client who robbed him at gunpoint

The teenager has been charged with second-degree murder.

Bystander was shot in the back during shootout at light rail station, charges say

Gunfire erupted on a light rail train between two groups of males, the charges say.