Trial Date Finally Set For Rochester Christmas Day Murder Case
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A trial date has been set for the man charged with murdering a Rochester woman on Christmas Day in 2022.
The Olmsted County Court calendar has 40-year-old Mustafa Bush scheduled to appear at a pretrial hearing on September 20, with the jury selection process for his trial set to begin on October 21. Bush faces two counts of second-degree murder and a first-degree drug possession charge in connection with the death of 41-year-old Kimberly Robinson.
He is accused of fatally shooting Robinson on December 25, 2022, and then dumping her body in the ditch along a rural northwest Rochester road the following day. According to the criminal complaint, investigators learned that Bush had been living with the victim at a southeast Rochester residence during the two years before her murder. The court document also indicates that she was last seen alive in the company of Bush on Christmas Eve and into the early morning hours of Christmas Day in 2022.
The charges state that a family member told investigators that Bush had confided in her that he had "hurt" his girlfriend. Another witness saw Bush loading a large and very heavy suitcase into his vehicle on the night that investigators say Robinson was killed. The court document says investigators later found blood evidence in the vehicle and about a half-pound of cocaine.
Bush, who previously went to prison for murdering a Rochester man in 2006, remains in custody at the Oak Park Heights State Prison for violating his probation in the 2006 murder case. His bail is set at $3 million.
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