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Marcus Michael Barshaw bail set at $3 million

From Stearns County Attorney's Office

Marcus Michael Barshaw, DOB 10/11/1984, made his first appearance in Stearns County District Court Thursday, Nov. 1, for the shooting death of J.J.S. on

Oct. 21, in Rockville, Minn. Barshaw was charged with Murder in the Second Degree Oct. 25. Bail was set by the Hon. Richard Ahles at $3,000,000 without conditions and $1,500,000 with conditions. Barshaw's next court appearance is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at approximately 4:01 a.m., Stearns County deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Broadway Street East in the City of Rockville, in

Stearns County, in response to a gun complaint. Upon arrival, deputies found J.J.S. lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds. J.J.S. was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary results from the autopsy revealed that J.J.S. was shot six times, with possibly two additional fired rounds striking J.J.S.'s clothing.

Two witnesses saw Barshaw shoot J.J.S. multiple times before fleeing from the scene. Barshaw was later found hiding in a nearby apartment building and was shot by a Stearns County Sheriff's deputy after Barshaw came out of the apartment building while holding a semi-automatic assault-style rifle and a pistol and failing to comply with law enforcement directives. Barshaw was hospitalized for gunshot wounds until his appearance in court today.

The investigation is still ongoing and other charge(s) may be filed in the future. Pursuant to Minnesota law, an indictment by a grand jury is needed before more serious charge(s) may be filed. If more serious charges are sought, the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure require the State to present the case to a grand jury within 28 days of Barshaw's first court appearance.

As additional court dates are set, they will be available on the Stearns County Attorney's Office Criminal Case Search website at:



Questions may be forwarded to Janelle Kendall, Stearns County Attorney or Shan Wang, Assistant Chief - Criminal Division at (320) 656-3880.