Man charged in deadly stabbing at St. Paul condo – Twin Cities


A 46-year-old man with a violent prison previous was charged Friday with fatally stabbing a person in St. Paul’s North Finish on Monday, the identical day the sufferer was launched from jail.

Dwight David Ford of St. Paul faces a second-degree homicide cost in Ramsey County District Court docket for the killing of 41-year-old Christopher Shawndale Pryor, of Minneapolis, at an condo constructing in 100 block of Winnipeg Avenue.

Ford, who’s on the Ramsey County Jail, is scheduled to make an preliminary court docket look on the cost Monday.

When officers arrived on the condo on a stabbing name round 5:30 p.m., they discovered Pryor down on his again, bleeding from a number of stab wounds to his stomach. Medics pronounced him useless on the scene.

Pryor’s sister, recognized within the prison grievance as A.D.T., was on the scene and instructed officers that her brother had simply gotten out of jail that day, based on the prison grievance. She mentioned he known as her and requested her to choose him up on the condo, however when she arrived he was not there.

She instructed officers she known as him a number of occasions from Born’s Bar and that when he picked up she heard him arguing with a person over cash and a lady screaming within the background.

Pryor’s sister mentioned she ran to the scene and a lady who was leaving the constructing instructed her that two males had been preventing and one was stabbed.

Murder investigators spoke to a witness, who’s listed on the lease of the condo. He mentioned that Pryor and one other man, who was later recognized as Ford, and two ladies had been there for about three to 4 hours and that they had been smoking crack cocaine, based on the prison grievance.


Sooner or later, a dispute broke out about cash between Pryor, a lady and Ford. The witness mentioned he then left the condo across the time the dispute started. A short while later, the 2 ladies fled the condo.

One of many ladies instructed the witness that Pryor and Ford had been bodily preventing within the condo. The witness instructed investigators that Ford left the condo, and when requested about Pryor, he “calmly instructed him he was upstairs,” the grievance learn.

When the witness went upstairs to the condo, he found Pryor had been stabbed.

The witness instructed investigators that he had seen Ford with a black six-inch folding knife shortly earlier than the stabbing.

Police discovered Ford’s cellular phone on the scene of the stabbing, and surveillance video reveals him speaking on a cellular phone exterior of the condo constructing about 5 hours prior.

On Thursday, officers had been dispatched to an condo within the 800 block of Rice Avenue for a disturbance. The 911 caller instructed dispatchers that Ford, who was her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, at her condo door. She instructed dispatchers that he was needed for homicide and was concerned in a stabbing on Winnipeg Avenue.

Officers situated Ford south of Sycamore and Rice streets and took him into custody with out incident.


In an interview with investigators, Ford confessed that he stabbed Pryor and confirmed that C.P. is his girlfriend and works as a prostitute, based on the grievance. Ford mentioned he and his girlfriend had been smoking crack all through the day on the Winnipeg Avenue condo and that they arrange a “trick” with Pryor, the place C.P. agreed to carry out sexual acts on him for cash and crack.

After the “trick,” based on Ford, Pryor instructed them he was lacking $120 and he accused C.P. of stealing the cash. Ford mentioned an argument broke out and his girlfriend “began to look scared,” the grievance learn. Ford mentioned he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and he and Pryor obtained right into a bodily altercation within the lavatory. He mentioned he stabbed Pryor two to a few occasions, based on the grievance.

Ford is presently listed as a non-compliant predatory offender with the Minnesota Bureau of Prison Apprehension. His prison historical past consists of convictions for kidnapping, terroristic threats, first-degree prison sexual conduct with damage/drive, third-degree prison sexual conduct, second-degree aggravated theft and escape from custody.

In response to court docket data, Pryor had 10 felony convictions courting again to 2008, all for both medication, theft or housebreaking. He was sentenced to 29 months in jail after a 2020 housebreaking conviction in Dakota County and launched from custody Monday and into supervised probation.


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