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Potential conflict means Dakota County weighing charges in Myon Burrell case

Myon Burrell was a paid member of Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty's campaign staff in 2022

A potential conflict of interest for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office means prosecutors in Dakota County are now weighing weapon and drug allegations against Myon Burrell, the man whose life sentence for the murder of an 11-year-old girl in Minneapolis was commuted in late 2020 after he served 18 years.

Burrell, 37, was pulled over late Tuesday morning by a Robbinsdale police officer who said his SUV was traveling erratically on N. 42nd Avenue. Police say they found a loaded handgun in the front center console and illicit drugs in his vehicle.

Monica Jensen, spokeswoman for the Dakota County Attorney's Office, said Thursday that prosecutors have until midday Friday to file charges or release him pending further investigation. In the meantime, Burrell remained in the Hennepin County jail without bail.


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