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Court sets $2.5 million bail for suspect in Friday night homicide in Meeker County

Christian Brown, 23, of Hutchinson, was charged with felony second-degree murder and two charges of felony second-degree assault for events surrounding the homicide of Devon Remmel, 42, of rural Grove City. Another man, Byron Jackson, 23, of Hutchinson, is charged with felony first-degree assault and two counts of felony second-degree assault in connection with assaults prior to the shooting.

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Christian Brown

HUTCHINSON — A Friday night argument over a drug deal led to the death of a rural Grove City man who showed up at the residence, according to court documents.

Christian James Brown, 23, of Hutchinson, made his initial appearance Tuesday in Meeker County District Court in front of Judge Stephanie Beckman. He is charged with felony second-degree murder and two charges of felony second-degree assault for events surrounding the shooting death of Devon Remmel, 42.

Brown's bail was set at $2.5 million with no conditions and $1.5 million with conditions including not using or possessing a firearm and no alcohol or substance use.

Another man, Byron James Jackson, 23, of Hutchinson, is charged with felony first-degree assault and two counts of felony second-degree assault in connection with assaults prior to the shooting.

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Byron Jackson

His bail was set at $1.5 million with no conditions and $1 million with conditions including not using or possessing a firearm and no alcohol or substance use.

Brown is accused of shooting Remmel in the face Friday night after Remmel showed up to a residence following an apparently botched drug deal.

According to court documents, Brown and Jackson arrived at a residence in Acton Township to buy cocaine for a party when an argument and physical altercation ensued involving an unnamed victim and Remmel's brother, who lives at the residence about 2 miles south of Grove City..

Jackson punched Remmel's brother during the altercation, causing him to fall to the ground injuring his shoulder.

Both Brown and Jackson brandished semi-automatic pistols and threatened the lives of both the other men before leaving the house, according to the documents.

The unnamed victim attempted to bring Remmel's brother to the hospital but was blocked by Brown and Jackson's vehicle which was itself blocked by Remmel's vehicle when he arrived at the residence.

Remmel and Jackson were engaged in an altercation when Remmel's brother left his vehicle and Jackson attacked him, knocking Remmel's brother to the ground.

At that point, according to court documents, Brown shot Remmel in the face.

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Brown and Jackson located the spent cartridge and left the scene.

When Meeker County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on scene, they attempted CPR on Remmel but he was pronounced deceased around 11:15 p.m. Friday, about 30 minutes after the original 911 call was placed.

Remmel's brother was taken to a local medical facility by ambulance late that night and was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and a broken bone.

Brown's next court date is set for March 10 and Jackson's is set for April 20.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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