One week after a Dakota County jury found Apple Valley resident Andrew Smith guilty of killing Steven Temple during an Aug. 15 dispute at Lakeville's Antlers Park, another individual connected to the murder has pleaded guilty. On Feb. 20, Farmington resident Jason Eric Henin, 20, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting murder in the second degree and attempted murder in the first degree.
According to complaints filed after the assault, Henin went to the park with Smith and several other individuals to settle a dispute that started the week before at the Dakota County Fair. The dispute is said to have been over a girl.
Smith reportedly used a bat to hit the passenger side window of the car in which Temple was sitting. He later told his friends that he thought he had hit more than the window. Henin is believed to have fired several shots at the car, but police do not believe that any of the shots hit Temple, who ran from the park and was found the next morning in a yard about a mile away.
"This defendant was as equally culpable for the death of Steven Temple as was Andrew Smith," county attorney James Backstrom said in a prepared statement. "This plea holds Jason Henin accountable for his involvement in this senseless act of violence."
Sentencing for Henin has been scheduled for March 12.
All told, nine people have been charged in connection with the murder. Another of those, Farmington resident Joseph Siebenaler, will appear in a court Friday for a certification hearing that will help determine whether Siebenaler, 16, should be tried as an adult.
Lakeville police believed from the beginning that Siebenaler was involved in the murder. It took nearly a month, though, to locate him.
Police believe that Siebenaler was present at Antlers Park on Aug. 15. He has been charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree and aiding and abetting attempted murder in the first degree.
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