A Morrison County grand jury has indicted a Hutchinson man on four counts of first-degree murder for the shooting death of his former prison cellmate, who was found in a burning mobile home in early October in Little Falls.
The St. Cloud Times reports 36-year-old Jason Ray Dominguez is accused of shooting Dustin Brown seven times and then lighting a fire under the porch of the home where Brown was staying. The shooting and fire happened at 600 Lindbergh Drive NW, where Brown was found lying next to a bed with gunshot wounds to his head, both legs, an arm, chest, jaw and back.
According to a news release issued by the Morrison County Attorney’s Office Thursday, investigation revealed that Dominguez told several people that he wanted to kill Brown because Brown owed him $1,400.
The grand jury met Tuesday and Wednesday and also indicted Dominguez on two counts of second-degree murder and a count of being a felon in possession of a pistol.
Bail was set at $1 million without conditions and $750,000 with conditions.
His next court appearance is set for February 13th.
According to the complaint, Dominguez went to Brown’s mobile home late October 3rd, the two got into an argument about money, Dominguez left, drove to Hutchinson, where he was living, and got a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol. He then returned to Little Falls, his girlfriend dropped him off near Brown’s trailer, and a few minutes later, he called his girlfriend and asked her to pick him up.
The court complaint indicates Dominguez told his girlfriend, “I shot him seven times,” and he showed her seven shell casings. The girlfriend noted that Dominguez was “covered in blood.”
Investigators recovered clothes that had been discarded along Minnesota Highway 15. They also recovered a handgun that was buried southeast of Hutchinson that they believe was used in the killing.