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Prosecutors will retry Watertown man charged in fatal fender-bender shooting

A mistrial was declared earlier this month after a jury couldn't reach a verdict.
Anthony Trifiletti

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office will retry a Watertown man who is accused of shooting another man after a fender bender in St. Paul last May. 

Anthony Trifiletti, 25, is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the May 1, 2020, killing of Douglas Cornelius Lewis, 39, near the intersection of Highway 61 and Burns Avenue in St. Paul. 

A mistrial was declared earlier this month after the jury couldn't come to a verdict. On Monday, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office said in a news release it would be retrying the case.

Charges said Lewis bumped Trifiletti's truck from behind. After the fender bender, they both pulled over and started arguing. Trifiletti said he felt threatened when Lewis reached under his shirt and shot him multiple times. Lewis died later at the hospital.

Lewis was unarmed, charges note. Lewis' family told the Star Tribune last year they believed Trifiletti, a white man, perceived Lewis, a Black man, as a threat because of his race. 

Trifiletti remains in Ramsey County Jail with the same bail conditions.

If convicted, Trifiletti faces up to 40 years in jail. 

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