Suspects in fatal Rochester shooting formally charged in court |

Suspects in fatal Rochester shooting formally charged in court

Rachel Mills
Updated: June 08, 2021 05:11 PM
Created: June 08, 2021 04:20 PM

(ABC 6 News) - There are still many unanswered questions about the violence in downtown Rochester over the weekend. It was chaos outside Dooley's Pub when bullets started flying. One man is dead and another still in the hospital.

Nautica Cox and Derrick Days are the two suspects in the fatal shooting. Tuesday, they appeared in court and are now formally charged. They are looking at possibly spending decades in prison over what began as a game of dice. 

"There was a lot of chaos going on out there. A lot of bullets flying all over the place," Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem said.  

Witnesses told police a fight broke out during a game of dice early Sunday morning, and Cox and Days began shooting, killing 28-year-old JR Banks. 

Derrick Days, 28, of Saint Paul, is facing second-degree murder charges, and 22-year-old Nautica Cox is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. 

"I would say, very fortunately, as this was going down that night, a police officer witnessed most of it. The police officer witnessed both defendants shooting," Ostrem said. 

Police said the whole incident was also recorded on security cameras, but Ostrem said the investigation is far from over.

"There is still a lot of investigation going on. Law enforcement is working very hard on this. Some of these pieces just take a little bit of time to gather," Ostrem said.  

The second gun used in the shooting is still missing. Police believe it may be somewhere between downtown and south Rochester.

Both Days and Cox are looking at up to 40 years in prison and a minimum of three for illegally processing guns. Ostrem said what their actual sentence could be is hard to say. 

"What is likely really depends on their individual criminal history," Ostrem said.  

The defendants will be back in court in two weeks with their lawyers. Their bail is set at $2 million dollars unconditional.

"Meaning the only way they get out of jail right now is to post $2 million, and the only condition would be to show back up when you're supposed to," Ostrem said. 

The second victim, who is still not identified, is still in the hospital in critical condition.

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