2 more charged with murder in Sunday Red Carpet stabbing

The Red Carpet Nightclub is pictured Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in downtown St. Cloud.

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The Red Carpet Nightclub is pictured Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in downtown St. Cloud.  (Photo: Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com)

ST. CLOUD — The Stearns County attorney’s office charged two more suspects Friday with aiding and abetting second-degree murder in relation to the Sunday stabbing at the Red Carpet Nightclub. 

St. Cloud residents Lawrence Michael Johnson, 28, and Christopher Lamar Johnson, 26, each face one aiding and abetting murder in the second-degree without intent to kill charge after they were arrested in Minneapolis Thursday. 

Bryant Jerome Stephenson, 27 and of St. Cloud, was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder Thursday. 

Unity McGill, a 29-year-old St. Cloud man, died at St. Cloud Hospital after the attack early Sunday. 

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Court records shed light on what happened at the downtown St. Cloud nightclub leading up to the incident and afterward. 

Here is a timeline of what took place based on court records: 

Lawrence Michael Johnson

Lawrence Michael Johnson (Photo: Courtesy of the Stearns County Jail)

Sunday

1 a.m. The three suspects attack an unidentified male who then bled from the nose and mouth, according to a bouncer’s statement outlined in the criminal complaints. 

1:03 a.m. Surveillance video shows three men attacking the unidentified male.A man believed to be Christopher Johnson punches him in the back of the head. Then a man believed to be Lawrence Johnson is shown hitting McGill, who’d been standing nearby. 

“(McGill) responds by knocking L. Johnson to the ground with a single punch. Then C. Johnson attacks (McGill), who again punches back in defense,” according to the criminal complaints.

Both Johnsons and Stephenson are kicked out of the bar and McGill remains on the dance floor. Get the Daily Briefing newsletter in your inbox.

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1:13 a.m. The Johnsons re-enter the Red Carpet. Stephenson follows. 

1:22 a.m. Stephenson enters the dance floor and moves toward McGill. The Johnsons approach from different sides. Two of the men appear to make eye contact and then attack McGill, according to the criminal complaints. 

Christopher Lamar Johnson

Christopher Lamar Johnson (Photo: Courtesy of Stearns County Jail)

“All three can be seen swinging and striking (McGill) repeatedly. Red Carpet bouncers come in to pull the three males off,” according to the statements of probable cause. Even after being pulled off, Lawrence Johnson kicks McGill, Stephenson punches and tries to kick him and Christopher Johnson kicks him in the head outside the main entrance, where McGill collapsed on the ground. 

1:26 a.m. Police respond to the reported stabbing. They observe a lot of blood and attempt to save McGill’s life. He is transported to the hospital. 

Around 1:30 a.m. The bar is evacuated and the street closed, according to eyewitnesses. 

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3:19 a.m. McGill is pronounced dead. 

Later Sunday morning: A Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension van is parked along Fifth Avenue South by the Red Carpet and police tape is visible along the sidewalk.

Bryant Jerome Stephenson

Bryant Jerome Stephenson (Photo: Stearns County Jail)

Monday

St. Cloud police release McGill’s name and ask for witnesses to come forward to aid the investigation. 

Stephenson is booked in Stearns County Jail around 7 p.m., according to the jail log.

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Thursday

Stephenson makes his first appearance in Stearns County District Court, charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second-degree without intent to kill.

Around 4 p.m. the two Johnsons are arrested without incident by Minneapolis police. They are taken to Hennepin County Jail and transferred to Stearns County Jail.

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Friday

Christopher Johnson and Lawrence Johnson are charged formally with aiding and abetting murder in the second-degree without intent to kill. They make their first appearances in Stearns County court. 

What’s next

As of noon Friday, all three men were still in jail. 

In addition to the murder warrant, there were four warrants pending for Lawrence Johnson, including a suspected felony robbery in Benton County, according to the jail log.

Stephenson has another court appearance set for Jan. 13.

The other two men did not have future court dates posted by mid-Friday.

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