On June 3, 2021, the body of 25-year-old Keisa Lange was found lying on the edge of the road with multiple gunshot wounds, as Front Page Detectives previously reported.
Police believed Lange was targeted because the alleged killers thought she was a police informant. Authorities used witnesses, video surveillance, a phone call from the Stearns County Jail and a note referencing Lange working for the “feds” to build their case.
According to authorities, surveillance footage showed a white Ford Fusion entering a lot near where Lange was staying. Witnesses told police they saw Lange in the white car with 25-year-old DeAnte D. Davis, Alicia M. Lewis, Kenneth J. Carter and Angela R. Jones, who were also all charged in relation to the murder.
Police found the vehicle at Jones’ residence the next day and found evidence of blood in the back seat. A firearms expert said at trial that the bullets found at the scene couldn’t be linked to a specific gun, but they were consistent with the model of gun found in Davis’ car that had his fingerprints on it, officials said.
In 2022, Lewis pleaded guilty to one felony count of aiding an offender. She is in jail and awaiting sentencing. In March 2023, Carter was acquitted on all charges related to Lange’s death.
Jones pleaded guilty for her part in two homicides from 2021: Lange and 28-year-old Janesa Harris, who was found shot to death in her St. Cloud apartment the day before Lange was killed, officials said.
At Davis’ trial, prosecutors didn’t lay out an exact motive, but they showed jurors text messages that referenced Lange, which said she “talk too much” and possibly knew about the Harris murder, the StarTribune reported.
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In April 2023, a jury found Davis guilty on four felony counts, including premeditated first-degree murder.
On July 31, Judge Sarah Hennesy ordered Davis to serve life without the possibility of release, the StarTribune reported. She also ordered him to pay restitution to the family using his future prison earnings, but the amount has yet to be determined.
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