Dennis Carter, MSU-Mankato football star, allegedly shot man over marijuana debt

Dennis Carter, MSU-Mankato football star, allegedly shot man over marijuana debt
Dennis Carter

Dennis Carter, a standout wide receiver for MSU-Mankato, faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting a longtime acquaintance in the head over a marijuana debt.

The incident occurred shortly before midnight on August 20 along a dirt road near the Renaissance Festival campgrounds in Scott County. The victim, later identified as 28-year-old Diaa Ahmed Abdelhakim, says Carter shot him execution-style and only failed to kill him because his gun jammed. Carter, on the other hand, told investigators he accidentally shot Abdelhakim after wrestling his gun away from him during a struggle.

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After he was arrested, Carter, who went to high school at Spring Lake Park, told investigators he'd been selling marijuana for Abdelhakim in the Mankato area for about a year. The two have known each other since the eighth grade.

Earlier this year, Carter said he'd sent "a package" for Abdelhakim, who was at that time in Stockton, California. But it was intercepted en route, and Abdelhakim never got his money.

During questioning, Carter "stated that the Victim told him he was partially responsible for the loss and it needed to be paid back," the complaint says. "The Defendant also stated that two or three months ago he was jacked (robbed) of money that belonged to the Victim. He stated that he owed [Abdelhakim] a lot of money and he is afraid of the Victim."

From the hospital, Abdelhakim told investigators Carter owed him $3,500.

On August 20, the two met up in a SuperAmerica parking lot in Shakopee and headed down the aforementioned dirt road, ostensibly to smoke a blunt before going to Mystic Lake Casino. But instead, Abdelhakim wound up with a bullet in the back of his head.

After he was shot, Abdelhakim staggered to the Renaissance Festival campgrounds, where folks who were camping out tended to him until authorities arrived. Carter attempted to drive away but was arrested, profusely sweating and with blood stains in his car, after police put out a bulletin to be on the lookout for his white four-door car. (He led officers on a bit of a chase down Highway 169 first.)

A subsequent search of Carter's Mankato residence turned up 29 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, the complaint says.

As a senior last year, Carter, 25, led the MSU Mavericks with 964 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

To read the criminal complaint, which contains all the details regarding the controversial circumstances surrounding Abdelhakim's shooting and the extent of his injuries, click to page two.


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