Suspect 'too violent' in jail, forcing delay in his court hearing on charges in fatal Hwy. 169 shooting
September 16, 2021
The initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon for the man charged with fatally shooting a driver in Plymouth was delayed a day after a prosecutor reported that Hennepin County sheriff's deputies said the suspect was too violent to meet with his attorney and attend the virtual hearing.
Jamal L. Smith, 33, of Chicago, was extradited from central Illinois, where he was captured Aug. 24, and booked Tuesday night in the Hennepin County jail on charges he killed Jay Boughton, 56, of Crystal.
In the moments before Smith's hearing was to begin, prosecutor Judith Cole told public defense attorney Shauna Kieffer of the difficulty deputies were having with her client.