Austin murder suspect held on $2M bond after extradition back to Minnesota

(ABC 6 News) – An Austin man made his first appearance on murder charges after being extradited back to Minnesota.

27-year-old Me’darian Ledale McGruder was booked into the Mower County Jail on Monday evening. McGruder is facing charges of 2nd-degree murder with intent not premeditated, 2nd-degree murder without intent as well as a violent felon in possession of a firearm.

McGruder was wanted in connection to a homicide that killed 20-year-old Tyesha Tahne Gills on July 31st in Austin, Minnesota.

According to court documents, at about 2 a.m. on July 31, police got a call about a woman in distress. When they arrived at the house, they found 20-year-old TyEsha Gills with a gunshot wound. Austin police said they tried to keep her alive, but they were not able to save her life.

McGruder was later arrested in the State of Mississippi by the U.S. Marshall’s Service and local authorities there and then extradited back to Minnesota.

McGruder’s bail has been set for 2 million dollars with no conditions and 1 million dollars with conditions, he is expected to be back in court on October 18th.