ROCHESTER, Minn. - A woman and her daughter allegedly killed by a man recently released from prison for felony domestic abuse have been identified by law enforcement.
Police said Keona Foote, 23, and Miyona Miller, 2, were killed Thursday before their bodies were found Sunday, and the Richland County Sheriff's Office (South Carolina) said Foote was pregnant when she died.
Renard Lydell Carter, Foote's boyfriend, fled to Columbia, South Carolina, and was taken into custody Sunday night after threatening to kill officers while streaming the events on a Facebook live.
He is facing two counts of second-degree murder along with a charge of murder of an unborn child in the second degree.
"The Rochester Police Department would like to thank the residents of Olympik Village Apartments, as well as the family and friends of the victims for their assistance with this case. We extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victims, Keona Sade Foote and Miyona Zalya Miller," Rochester police said.
The two victims were killed on Thursday, according to court documents, and Carter allegedly streamed part of the murders on social media.
Carter was released by the Minnesota Department of Corrections on April 22 following a prison sentence for felony domestic assault.
Family members of the victims had not heard from the woman for a few days, so they checked on the apartment on Sunday. They discovered the deceased 2-year-old. The family contacted police at approximately 1:40 p.m. When officers responded to Olympik Village Apartments on 31st St. NE., they found the woman and her child dead.
Carter was found in a hotel room in Richland County on Sunday night and authorities tried to coax him out before he opened the door and displayed a gun he claimed was a rifle.
That's when authorities fired and struck Carter. He's currently hospitalized and being guarded in South Carolina and will eventually be returned to Minnesota.
It was later determined the gun that was displayed was a BB gun. Authorities in South Carolina said it was Carter's intent to go there and kill an ex-girlfriend. Authorities were able to get a hold of her and take her to a safe house.
There is bodycam footage of the officer-involved shooting, the sheriff's office said.
The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will perform autopsies to determine the cause of their deaths.
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Posted by Richland County Sheriff's Department on Monday, September 14, 2020