Trial delayed for suspects in U football player’s death

by Josh Linehan

The suspect and suspected accomplice in the shooting death of a Minnesota football player have been granted continuances and will not go to trial this month.

Jermaine Stansberry, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Brandon Hall, was set for trial Monday. Instead, a continuance postponed his case until May 12.

The trial of Raymond Hardimon Jr., charged with aggravated robbery in the fight which preceded the shooting, was postponed until April 7.

Both suspects remain in Hennepin County jail in lieu of $750,000 and $300,000 bail, respectively. Stansberry is represented by public defender Mark Bearss, who did not return phone calls for comment.

Hardimon’s attorney is F. Clayton Tyler.

Stansberry, 28, was arrested Sept. 1, seconds after allegedly shooting Hall near the corner of Fourth Street and First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. He also faces charges in the alleged robbery and for felony possession of a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint, Stansberry and Hardimon were previously involved in a beating and robbery of another Gophers football player, Damion Haye.

Haye, who transferred to Florida International University following the season, sustained injuries to his head and face. The gold chain he was wearing around his neck was stolen and later found by police in Stansberry’s pocket.

Witnesses later identified Stansberry and Hardimon as the men who beat and robbed Haye, according to the police report.

A subsequent confrontation involving the defendants and Minnesota football players called to the area by Haye around 2:20 a.m. ended with Hall’s death.

Stansberry was convicted of felony drug charges in 2000, prohibiting him from owning a firearm.

Second-degree murder carries a sentence of up to 40 years, aggravated robbery up to 20 years and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon up to 15 years.

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