Man charged in Easter Sunday shooting death of his girlfriend

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A St. Paul man has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his 19-year-old girlfriend early Sunday morning.

Dimitri Devonte Harrell, 21, faces one count of second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Samirria White, WCCO reports.

Harrell and White shared an apartment on the 800 block of Pierce Butler Route and they are parents of a 3-month-old girl, according to WCCO.

Police were called to the apartment about 3:40 a.m. Sunday; several family members were there and said the two were in a bedroom with their daughter, arguing, when they heard a gunshot.

One of White's brothers went into the room and saw Harrell "grabbing" at White, the complaint said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Harrell told him he didn't mean to shoot White.

White was shot in the face and was pronounced dead at the scene. Harrell fled before police arrived, but later surrendered and repeated to them that the shooting was an accident, the Pioneer Press reports.

Harrell told police he was holding the baby in his arms and trying to pull the gun out of his pocket when the weapon went off, WCCO reports.

White was a 2014 graduate of Humboldt High School and was working in a child care program at the time of her death, family members told the Pioneer Press. The baby is being cared for by White's relatives.

Harrell is in the Ramsey County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

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