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Grand jury returns indictment in Winona drive-by murder

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A grand jury indicts a Winona man on eight charges including murder in a fatal drive-by shooting over a parking spot in July.

Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman said that Ricky Darnell Waiters, 49, was indicted on Murder in the First Degree (Drive-By Shooting) in the death of Robert Charles Johnson on July 27. 

Waiters was also indicted on Attempted Murder in the First Degree (Drive-By Shooting) for wounding another person, Sean O'Brien, during the shooting outside EB's Corner bar at 700 West 5th Street. 

The other six charges brought by the grand jury include one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional); one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional), Murder in the Second Degree (Drive-By Shooting), Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Drive-By Shooting, and Carry Weapon Without Permit.

A disagreement over where Waiters parked his vehicle by the bar led to his driving off according to the criminal complaint. When Waiters drove in front of the bar, he fired several shots from a handgun towards the people outside. 


READ: Altercation over parking spot led to fatal Winona shooting


Johnson and O'Brien were both hit. Johnson was pronounced dead at Community Memorial Hospital while O'Brien was treated to a gunshot wound to the leg. 

Waiters has remained jailed since his arrest about six hours after the shooting. 

He is scheduled to next appear in court on November 21. 

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