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The man says an unwanted sexual encounter led him to kill the man he met in Mpls.  bar, fees say

A 33-year-old man said he strangled and beat another man in a downtown Minneapolis apartment because he was sexually assaulted by the victim, according to charges filed Monday.

Jhmahl L. Shannon, of Robbinsdale, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the assault that occurred Friday at a residence in the 600 block of N. 1st Street.

Shannon remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bond and is due in court on Tuesday. Court records do not mention a lawyer for him.

According to the criminal complaint:

Shannon called 911 around 10:15 a.m. and told police he knocked out a man who sexually assaulted him.

Officers met Shannon on the sidewalk outside the building. He was taken to HCMC for a sexual assault review and then jailed.

Officers located the 50-year-old man on the floor just inside the front door of the apartment. Emergency medical services pronounced him dead at the scene. Authorities have yet to release his identity.

Shannon told police he met the man at a bar on Hennepin Avenue and 5th Street as it was closing. He said they went to the man’s apartment to smoke marijuana and party with other people. However, no one else showed up and the man had no marijuana.

Shannon said the man allowed her to sleep. The two were in the same bed and Shannon woke up with the man who assaulted her. Shannon said she told the man he was against what he was doing.

He said he went to the bathroom and went back to bed, where he pretended to be asleep. At one point, the man attempted to pull down Shannon’s underwear.

Shannon said he “wrapped his legs around [the] the victim’s neck and squeezed hard, strangling the victim,” the charges read. Shannon also punched the man in the body, neck and face while strangling him.

He told police “repeatedly that he wanted to kill the victim but was thinking of his four children,” the complaint continues.

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