Man indicted in deadly shooting over Facebook photos

Published 7:53 am Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HASTINGS, Minn. — An eastern Minnesota man is indicted in a deadly shooting that prosecutors say was sparked by an argument over Facebook photos.

A grand jury in Dakota County indicted 46-year-old Robert Thomas on second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. A criminal complaint says Thomas invited some friends over to watch the Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game in January, including the victim, 38-year-old James Koenig. Prosecutors say Koenig wanted Thomas’ 13-year-old son to take pictures of him with his shirt off so he could post them on Facebook.

Thomas says he asked Koenig to leave, threatened him with a gun and shot him when he came after him.

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KSTP-TV says Thomas is scheduled in court March 7.