$1M bail for Minneapolis man charged with setting fatal fire

Published 9:47 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — Bail is set at $1 million for a Minneapolis man charged with intentionally setting a fatal apartment building fire.

Thirty-year-old Marcus Dewayne Shanks faces second-degree murder and arson charges. He appeared in Hennepin County court Wednesday and was granted a public defender.

When first responders arrived at the apartment Friday night, they found several residents hanging from windows. A man and a woman jumped from the third floor to escape. The man, 59-year-old Royce Wayne James, died later at the hospital. The woman remains in critical condition.

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A criminal complaint said a witness reported seeing Shanks in the apartment building before the fire, dousing a stairwell in lighter fluid. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment afterhours Wednesday.

Shanks is due back in court Nov. 6.