St. Paul man admits to Father's Day killing, but mystery remains over motive

The fatal shooting happened in Robbinsdale in June 2017.
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A St. Paul man standing trial for murder stopped proceedings and pleaded guilty to a fatal Father's Day shooting.

Zittie Taylor, 33, on Monday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of 29-year-old Chicagoan Jody Fry in Robbinsdale.

Fry was a friend of the family living at the property on the 5600 block of 42nd Ave. N., and had spent the evening of June 18, 2017 celebrating Father's Day at the house.

Taylor had been at the house most of the day, and according to the criminal complaint he saw Fry sitting inside a white car just before midnight.

He then went up to the car wielding a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, firing seven times.

Five of the bullets hit Fry in the head and face, with the other two hitting his neck. He was dead when police arrived, and Taylor had fled the scene.

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When asked by a prosecutor on Monday why he had done it, Taylor refused to give an answer.

Taylor has agreed to a sentence of 390 months – 32-and-a-half-years – in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 19.

If he hadn't pleaded guilty, he faced a sentence of life without parole if he was convicted by a jury.

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