20-Year-Old Charged in Rollover That Killed Shakopee Student, Seriously Injured 2 Others

October 05, 2017 04:13 PM

A 20-year-old Burnsville man has been charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of criminal vehicular operation in connection to a rollover crash in Scott County last month that left a 16-year-old Shakopee student dead and two others injured.

Khalil Malik Watson was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada and was being held in the Clark County Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Minnesota.


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On Sept. 14, Scott County sheriff's deputies were called to a scene near the 13800 block of Zumbro Avenue. Authorities believe a vehicle was traveling south on Zumbro Avenue when it left the road, hit a field approach driveway and overturned.

Ja'Mason Moffett died at the scene of the crash. Sheikhnur Siad Jimale and Hannah Ludmilia Chance were hospitalized with injuries. The criminal complaint against Watson states Jimale is still on life support at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Chance was released with a halo attached to her head and neck after more than a week at HCMC. Both Watson and another occupant of the car were treated and released that night.

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According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle - a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Wagon - had extensive damage and appeared to have rolled over numerous times before coming to rest on its wheels.

It also states approximately 17 grams of marijuana, several pills which appeared to be Xanax and a can of Coors Lite beer that appeared to be open were all found at the scene. 

The complaint states a juvenile female claimed to be driving the vehicle, and the deputy on the scene reportedly noticed an odor of an alcohol on her. But she refused to provide a preliminary breath test.

A few days later, the complaint alleges, she told investigators she lied to deputies and stated her 'boyfriend' Watson had been at the wheel. She said he told her she needed to tell authorities she was driving after he saw Moffett had died in the rollover.

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The complaint alleges a Snapchat video sent out an hour-and-a-half before the accident shows the juvenile and Watson, along with several others, "taking Xanax bars and drinking Coors Light."

After executing a search warrant on the juvenile's phone, the complaint states authorities learned Watson had left Minnesota for Las Vegas. Spirit Airlines confirmed he had purchased a one-way ticket.

And the complaint states he told another individual in a text message that "I killed someone on accident. With my wrap sheet there gonna charge me with manslaughter. I'm gone forever accident or not."

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But he also allegedly text messaged that, "he was safe because Nevada is a non-extradition state."

The complaint also details text messages from the juvenile discussing how she had covered for Watson.


Frank Rajkowski

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