MN: Minneapolis Boy, 16, Accused of Slaying Bus Rider After Argument About Son's Bullying

July 30--A 16-year-old Minneapolis boy is charged with murder after authorities say he fatally shot a man last week following an altercation on a Metro Transit bus.

The victim, 38-year-old Andrew Billingsley Jr., wanted the suspect to stop harassing his teenage son, authorities say.

Joshua Davis Ford has been charged in Hennepin County District Court's juvenile division with second-degree murder for the July 24 slaying of Billingsley, who lived in Minneapolis. Prosecutors also filed a motion to have Ford certified to be tried as an adult.

Authorities say Ford and some friends boarded the bus at 26th and Penn avenues in North Minneapolis and argued with Billingsley, who was already on the bus. Authorities say Billingsley confronted Ford about harassing his son.

According to a juvenile court petition, Ford drew a handgun and told Billingsley to get off the bus. As Billingsley disembarked from the front door, Ford began shooting at him from the back door. Meanwhile, the bus driver activated a silent alarm to summon police.

Billingsley fell to the ground near a gas station at 2606 Penn Ave. N. and died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds.

Ford fled and was arrested the next day.

Prosecutors said they have statements from multiple witnesses as well as video from bus surveillance cameras to back up their case.

Copyright 2014 - Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.

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