Scott Lipe charged with murder nearly six years after incident outside Mortimer's Bar
Already serving time in Lino Lakes, Lipe now faces a murder charge.
In the midst of serving a 10-year sentence for assault, 36-year-old Scott Lipe recently received some bad news: He's being charged with second-degree murder in connection with the same incident that landed him behind bars in the first place.
News of the new charge comes nearly six years after Lipe's car-jacking-gone-wrong outside Mortimer's Bar left Willie Hervey with a traumatic brain injury. Hervey died last summer at the age of 42.
The criminal complaint details the 2007 incident and its aftermath:
On or about June 19, 2007, at about 2:00 a.m., the victim, Willie Mack Hervey, stopped his 2002 Chevy Tahoe SUV at Franklin and Lyndale Avenues near Mortimer's Bar in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The victim left his SUV running when he exited it to speak with friends who were behind him in their cars. While the victim was out of the Tahoe, several witnesses observed a male, later determined to be the Defendant, SCOTT ALLEN LIPE, asking people in front of the bar if they would pay him money to steal the victim's Tahoe. When witnesses demurred, the Defendant ran up to the Tahoe, jumped in and began driving it away on Franklin Avenue.
When the victim saw that his SUV was being stolen, he ran to the SUV and jumped onto its running board. The victim held on to the driver's side window, trying to get the Defendant to stop. Several witnesses, including L.D., A.N., M.P. and A.R. told police that as the Defendant drove the SUV away with the victim holding on, the Defendant swerved into oncoming traffic in an effort to get another car to knock the victim off. The Defendant struck two parked cars as he drove at a high rate of speed. The Defendant ultimately succeeded in forcibly throwing the victim off the side of the Tahoe. The Defendant continued driving west on Franklin until he swerved off the roadway and rolled the SUV. The Defendant then fled the scene. However, after being thrown from the SUV, the victim laid motionless on the pavement. Paramedics arrived to transport the victim to Hennepin County Medical Center. He was diagnosed as having suffered a traumatic brain injury.
In the SUV, police officers recovered a cell phone that belonged to the Defendant. A.N. later identified the Defendant from a photographic line-up as the person he observed steal the victim's SUV. On August 31, 2007, the Defendant was charged by criminal complaint of several counts for crimes committed against the victim. (MNCIS case# 27CR07112327) The Defendant ultimately pled guilty to Assault on the First Degree. He was sentenced on October 12, 2007 to 122 months in prison.
Meanwhile since the assault, the victim languished in a persistent vegetative state in a nursing home. He died on July 30, 2012. An autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, revealed that the victim died as a result of acute bilateral pneumonia. This condition was the result of the victim's persistent vegetative state caused by the blunt force craniocerebral injuries he suffered on June 19, 2007 after being thrown from the SUV driven by the Defendant. The Medical Examiner ruled the victim's death a homicide.
In a press release, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said: "This was murder, plain and simple."
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