Felon charged in shooting death of man outside Eagan hotel

A felon with a violent history was charged Thursday with fatally shooting a man outside an Eagan hotel this week.

Robert L. Baker III, 29, of St. Paul, was charged in Dakota County District court with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the killing Monday night outside the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E.

Baker appeared in court Thursday and remains in custody. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel with several gunshot wounds, according to police and emergency dispatch audio. His identity has yet to be released.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took Baker and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The woman was later released.

Authorities have yet to say whether the victim and Baker were acquainted before the shooting. They also have yet to disclose a motive for the killing.

Baker was charged Thursday as well with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was released from prison in May after being sentenced in 2016 for illegal weapons possession.

 

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