An ex-boyfriend of a mother and two kids who were killed in St. Paul on Saturday has been charged, accused of shooting them multiple times to save them.
TeKeith Svyone Jones, 26, of St. Paul, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the death of D'Zondria Wallace, 30, of St. Paul and her two children, La’Porsha Wallace, 14, and Ja’Corbie Wallace, 11, on Jan. 30 at their home at 759 block of Jessie St. in St. Paul.
An autopsy on the Wallaces showed D'Zondria was shot twice, La’Porsha was shot 10 times and Ja’Corbie was shot five times. Police recovered 14 shell casings from the home.
"My heart sinks to know that a mother and her two children were taken from us in such a senseless and violent way. We will do everything in our power to bring justice to the victims and our community in this case," Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to the Wallaces' home around 3 p.m. on Jan. 30, where they found D'Zondria, La'Porsha and Ja'Corbie suffering from gunshot wounds.
D'Zondria and La'Porsha were pronounced dead at the scene, while Ja'Corbie told police a man named Keith, his mom's boyfriend, shot them. Ja'Corbie died later at the hospital, charges state.
D'Zondria's cousin confirmed to police that she was dating a man named Keith.
Surveillance video from a neighbor's home showed a man peeking outside of the home about a half-hour before the Wallaces' bodies were discovered, charges state. He went back inside and then ran out of the house, leaving in a Jeep Compass.
Later that day, a Minnesota State Trooper came upon the Jeep, with the driver saying he was out of gas. The trooper was responding to a call and said he'd be back to help afterward, charges say. When the trooper got back, the driver was gone and the keys were on the seat. The trooper also smelled something "mechanical" burning.
The Jeep was towed away and was later identified as the Jeep that was seen leaving the scene of the triple homicide. The owner of the Jeep told police that a man she knew as "Santana" took her vehicle without her permission earlier that day.
Surveillance video from 2150 Wilson Ave. showed the man who left the Jessie Street home in the Jeep was met by a woman who let him into the building at 5:12 p.m. on Jan. 30. Officers identified the man as Jones and executed a search warrant the next day, where they found a gun that was later confirmed to be the weapon used to kill the Wallaces.
Officers spoke to D'Zondria's nephew, who said Jones was his aunt's ex-boyfriend and Jones continued to go to his aunt's house even after they broke up, including breaking into the home in December when he accused her of seeing someone else and shot at, but didn't hit, D'Zondria. Police were not aware of the incident, charges state.
The nephew said D'Zondria began seeing someone new on Jan. 10 of this year.
Jones told police it had been a few weeks since he'd seen the Wallaces, but then said he went over to their house on Jan. 30 and denied arguing with D'Zondria, saying whatever happened to them was about the money she owed to someone, the complaint says.
He then admitted to killing them, saying he didn't know why but suggested he was doing it to "save them."
Domestic abuse help
If you're experiencing abuse, you can call the Day One Crisis Hotline 24 hours a day at 866-223-1111 or by texting the hotline at 612-399-9995.
Other domestic violence prevention resources are listed below:
- The Saint Paul & Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project 24 hour crisis line
- Women’s Advocates 24/7 crisis line
- Tubman Crisis Line and Safety Plan
- Statewide domestic violence resource sheet from the Minnesota District Court
- View a comprehensive report on intimate partner violence from Violence Free Minnesota