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Teen Charged in Duluth Murder

Posted at: 03/14/2013 3:05 PM
Updated at: 03/14/2013 5:10 PM

Prosecutors have charged a teenager in the stabbing death of a Duluth man last weekend.

17-year-old Enrique Robert Giner, IV is charged with second-degree murder, a felony.  Giner is accused of fatally stabbing Bryan Alan Starnes, 27, at Starnes' Lincoln Park residence on Saturday afternoon.

According to a criminal complaint, two of Starnes' roommates told police they arrived home to find him lying on his back in the doorway of the house, covered in jackets.  The roommates had been out of town overnight to attend a concert in Minneapolis.

An autopsy found Starnes had at least 57 injuries to his head, face, neck, and back, and that the injuries were a result of blunt force trauma and sharp force trauma, consistent with a hammer and knife-like instrument being used.

The criminal complaint says a witness who was with the victim and suspect on Friday initially identified the suspect as "Tree" and later "Ricky Giner," and that investigators were able to determine his exact identity using Facebook and the Duluth Police database.  He was arrested at an Upham Road address on Monday evening.

Starnes was a veteran and had been discharged from the Army in December.  "He loved people," the victim's mother Pauline Starnes said in a phone interview Tuesday. "He loved life. He made people happy and he had lots of friends."

While Pauline is devastated by her son's death, she said she was hurting for the suspect's family too.

"The person who did this has parents also," Pauline said. "My heart goes out to them because they lost a son too, in a way."

Prosecutors have filed a petition in juvenile court seeking to have Giner tried as an adult.