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Associated Press, Published February 03 2012

Jury convicts man in Mpls. parking ramp killing

MINNEAPOLIS — A Hennepin County jury has convicted a Minneapolis man of stabbing his friend to death in a downtown parking ramp.

Jurors deliberated about six hours before convicting 29-year-old Kevin Lamont Mims of second-degree murder Thursday.

According to the complaint, Mims picked up three friends last September and they went to a club. The four returned to the car parked in the ramp when Mims began to argue with his front-seat passenger and started hitting him.

Twenty-year-old Brian Dean Nelson of St. Paul climbed out of the backseat and tried to break up the fight. Nelson was stabbed twice with a scissors — once in the heart — and died.

The jury also convicted Mims of second-degree assault for stabbing a second man.

Sentencing is set for March 1.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.