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Hutchinson man indicted on first-degree murder charges

Posted: December 9, 2011 - 3:44pm

Hutchinson man indicted on first-degree murder charges

A Morrison County grand jury Thursday indicted a 36-year-old Hutchinson man with first-degree premeditated murder for the Oct. 3 shooting of a Little Falls man.

Morrison County Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said Friday that the grand jury indicted Jason Ray Dominguez on seven counts that include first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree murder while committing an arson, first-degree murder while committing a burglary, first-degree murder while committing aggravated robbery, second-degree intentional murder, second-degree intentional murder while committing assault in the second-degree and a felony in possession of a pistol.

Dominguez is charged with the killing of Dustin Brown, who was found unconscious in his Little Falls residence early in the morning on Oct. 3. Brown had been shot seven times and later died at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. Dominguez and Brown had been cell mates in prison. Investigation revealed that Dominguez told several persons that he wanted to kill Brown because he owed him $1,400.

Kosovich said the county attorney’s office is pleased with the grand jury indictment. Kosovich said by law, the only way to charge someone with first-degree murder is with a grand jury indictment. Kosovich said the jury clearly understood the case, which he said was not your average homicide case. Kosovich said he could not comment on how many jurors were on the grand jury, but said generally 23 persons are called and 16 have to be present in order to have an indictment. Of the 16, 12 persons must agree to the indictment.

Kosovich said the first count of first-degree premeditated murder is punishable by life in prison without possibility of parole. Counts two, three and four are punishable by life in prison with possible parole after 30 years. Second-degree murder is punishable by up to 40 years in prison, with parole possible after 27 years in prison. A felony for possession of a firearm is punishable by imprisonment for not less than five years no more than 15 years.

Kosovich and the state deputy attorney general Bill Klumpp presented the grand jury. Dominguez’ public defender is Rex Tucker.

Dominguez appeared in front of Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas P. Anderson on Thursday. Bail was set at $1 million without conditions, $750,000 with conditions. Kosovich said Dominguez is still in jail.

The next court appearance for Dominguez will be the omnibus hearing scheduled Feb. 13.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Dominguez:

• Neighbors of Brown reported a one-armed man, identified as Dominguez, had been looking for Brown the past three weeks. Brown’s brother told police that a guy from Hutchinson had been pressuring Brown to do something drug-related that Brown didn’t want to do. Witness also said Brown owed Dominguez money.

• After executing a search warrant and arresting Dominguez at his Hutchinson residence, Dominguez said he, his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s three children traveled Sunday to Little Falls “to go visit a friend.” They arrived in Little Falls between 10-11 p.m. and after first going to the wrong residence they found Brown’s house and met with him.

• Dominguez’ girlfriend also spoke with law enforcement. She said while in Little Falls at Brown’s residence Dominguez and Brown began to argue about money. The girlfriend took her children out to the car and Dominguez joined them later. Then they all traveled back to Hutchinson. Back in Hutchinson, Dominguez got a .380 semi-automatic pistol and Dominguez and the girlfriend drove back to Little Falls.

• In Little Falls, Dominguez had his girlfriend drop him off on the east side of Lindbergh Drive. The girlfriend then drove around the area. A few minutes later Dominguez called her and told her to pick him up. Dominguez told his girlfriend “I shot him seven times,” and showed her seven shell casings. The girlfriend noted Dominguez was covered in blood. Dominguez and his girlfriend then drove into the country and threw the shell casings into a farm field.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851.