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A Minnesota Woman Who Shot Her Boyfriend Dead During Argument Says It Was an Accident. But Her Finger Was On The Trigger.

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Source: Hennepin County Jail; MEGA

Janice L. Hawkins-Greene.

Aug. 23 2023, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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A 40-year-old Minnesota woman who fatally shot her boyfriend claimed it was an accident later admitted she was guilty of the crime, according to reports.

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Janice L. Hawkins-Greene initially was charged with second-degree manslaughter, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, and she was arrested last August in connection with the incident in Minneapolis.

According to the Star Tribune, police received a 911 call from a person claiming they saw Hawkins-Greene and the unnamed victim's mother sitting on the porch, where he was on his back with an apparent gunshot wound to his abdomen.

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Emergency responders took the man, later identified as Hawkins-Greene's boyfriend, 36-year-old Mark Holmes O’Dell, to an area hospital, where he died.

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Hawkins-Greene told police that she and O'Dell were arguing and the gun discharged by accident as she went to hand it to him. Hawkins-Greene claimed that her daughter put the gun under a bed, where officers later found it.

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The Star Tribune reported that the man's mother told police she was in living room when she heard the two arguing, so she called 911. Hawkins-Greene's daughter, who's 15 year old, told officers that her mother had told the man to pack up his things and leave.

According to the Star Tribune, Hawkins-Greene told officers that she and man had been in a relationship for two years. She said she went to her vehicle to get some of his belongings, including a gun. She then met him on the porch and shoved the gun and other items toward the man and it accidentally went off.

The Star Tribune reported that the gun had two safeties on it, and both had to be fully depressed in order for it to discharge. Hawkins-Greene admitted to police that her finger was on the trigger and the barrel was pointed at the man when she went to hand it to him.

KSTP reported that the defendant recently pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter for O'Dell's shooting death. She is schedule to be sentenced later this year.

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